A Phonetic Analysis of Natural Laughter, for Use in Automatic Laughter Processing Systems

@inproceedings{Urbain2011APA,
  title={A Phonetic Analysis of Natural Laughter, for Use in Automatic Laughter Processing Systems},
  author={J{\'e}r{\^o}me Urbain and Thierry Dutoit},
  booktitle={ACII},
  year={2011}
}
In this paper, we present the detailed phonetic annotation of the publicly available AVLaughterCycle database, which can readily be used for automatic laughter processing (analysis, classification, browsing, synthesis, etc.). The phonetic annotation is used here to analyze the database, as a first step. Unsurprisingly, we find that h-like phones and central vowels are the most frequent sounds in laughter. However, laughs can contain many other sounds. In particular, nareal fricatives (voiceless… CONTINUE READING
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