Prosodic clustering in speech: From emotional to semantic processes

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Although vocal expressivity is a major component of human communication,it has not been a major topic in linguistics in the 20th century. The situationis radically different now with the worldwide development of many scientificprograms focusing on the vocal expression of emotions. In most of the studies,however, the vocal encoding of emotions is processed according to perceptualand/or acoustic correlates only. The goal of this paper is to show the contributionof a unified approach based on the combination of prosodic cues andsyntactico-semantic constraints for a global understanding of the differentlinguistic mechanisms involved in the expression of emotion in speech.


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