Article published in:Prosody and Iconicity
Edited by Sylvie Hancil and Daniel Hirst
[Iconicity in Language and Literature 13] 2013
► pp. 33–60
Emotional expressions as communicative signals
It is widely assumed that emotions in speech are mainly expressed through prosody, particularly in terms of intonational contours. However, no theoretical models have been specifically developed to explain how exactly emotional meanings are conveyed by prosody. In this paper we explore the idea that emotional expressions are evolutionarily designed to elicit behaviours that are beneficial to the signaller. We show with experimental data that emotional meanings are encoded along a set of benefit-oriented bio-informational dimensions which involve both segmental and prosodic aspects of the vocal signal. We argue further that the proposed bio-informational dimensions allow emotional meanings to be encoded in parallel with non-emotional meanings, thus there is unlikely to be an autonomous affective prosody.
Published online: 28 March 2013
Cited by other publications
Birkholz, Peter, Lucia Martin, Klaus Willmes, Bernd J. Kröger & Christiane Neuschaefer-Rube
Liu, Xiaoluan, Yi Xu, Kai Alter & Jyrki Tuomainen
Mitchell, Rachel L. C. & Yi Xu
Wong, Puisan & Kelly Wing Sum Ng
Xu, Yi, Albert Lee, Santitham Prom-on & Fang Liu
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 21 december 2020. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.