Determining the Impact of Syntactic Intelligibility on the Recognition of the Emotional Speech Signal – Matthew Coombes

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What will be the best way to approach the respective audiences in participating in the surveys, where the criteria are limited?

In what way would it seem most plausible to ascertain the subjective influences towards aesthetic qualities within a given survey participant?


  • Alison Wray

    Interesting study, Matthew. Regarding your second question, I wonder if the researchers you feature on the poster might already have tried out methods that you could adopt, given that they make these claims about differences. If they haven’t ever done experiments, then there’s an interesting discussion to have about how they can be so sure of what they claim.

  • Matthew Coombes

    Many thanks Alison – and indeed for your follow up email. I am indeed adopting the methods outlined on the poster, but space precluded me from going into quite so much detail. My research will utilise the three-tier methodology mentioned to test the hypotheses of the given researchers. My thesis is build around this revised methodology and it is my sincere hope that by testing previous claims that additional data will be made available to correlate that that which was proffered by the researchers.

  • Kate Kavanagh

    Hi Matthew, thanks for the poster – it’s very clear and enjoyable to read, as well as a fascinating study. It does seem rather massive though! I’m interested in your theoretical approach towards aesthetic qualities – are there particular qualities you want to investigate, or is it more a matter of holistic pleasantness/unpleasantness? Cheers!

  • Matthew Coombes

    Hi Kate, and thanks very much for your comments. My interest was first piqued as a result of Tolkien’s works and his aesthetic languages, so initially my answer to your question would have been a straightforward “yes”, but as you will see from my response to Alison, my research is based on my revised methodology and its impact vis a vis the currently accepted means of emotive testing using the voice as a medium. The qualities are a byproduct of the resultant data. I cannot test for specific acoustic cues and vocal characteristics when I cannot be sure which in the first instance would be of interest to the participant. Rather, I am taking the fixed phonemic variables which collectively make up the speech signal, and determine which of these correlate to any given emotive response – and subsequently the demographics attributed to that user; the result being a matrix of demographics against emotive response, the likes of which will be the benefit to industry.

  • Katharine Young

    Hi Matthew, really interesting research and a great poster! I was just wondering whether you thought that participants who answer the Likert scale and who speak more than one language (or who acquired English later in life?) might recognise aesthetic cues to different extents?

  • Matthew Coombes

    Hi Katharine – thank you for your comment. Yes, this has indeed been included into the survey for the very reason you state. Given that the UK is becoming quite the metropolitan place that it is, it would be difficult to ignore such a variable!

  • Sabrina Toumi

    Hi Matthew,
    Great topic and fascinating poster! I look forward to seeing the development of your ideas.
    All the best!

  • Matthew Coombes


    Many thanks for your kind words and comment. Clearly I am feeling the same way!! :D


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