Phonetic Characteristics of Domestic Cat Vocalisations

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Abstract


The cat (Felis catus, Linneaus 1758) has lived around or with humans for at least 10,000 years, and is now one of the most popular pets of the world with more than 600 million individuals [1], [2]. Domestic cats have developed a more extensive, variable and complex vocal repertoire than most other members of the Carnivora, which may be explained by their social organisation, their nocturnal activity and the long period of association between mother and young [3]. Still, we know surprisingly little about the phonetic characteristics of these sounds, and about the interaction between cats and humans.
Members of the research project Melody in human–cat communication (Meowsic) investigate the prosodic characteristics of cat vocalisations as well as the communication between human and cat. The first step includes a categorisation of cat vocalisations. In the next step it will be investigated how humans perceive the vocal signals of domestic cats. This paper presents an outline of the project which has only recently started.

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  • Linköping University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Languages and Literature
  • Biological Sciences
  • Robotics

Keywords

  • cat vocalisation phonetic
Translated title of the contributionFonetiska drag hos tamkattens vokaliseringar :
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Vocal interactivity in-and-between Humans, Animals and Robots
Subtitle of host publicationVIHAR 2017
EditorsAngela Dassow, Ricard Marxer, Roger K. Moore
Pages5–6
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-9562029-0-5
StatePublished - 2017 Aug 25
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Event1st International Workshop on Vocal Interactivity in-and-between Humans, Animals and Robots - University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden
Duration: 2017 Sep 252017 Sep 26

Workshop

Workshop1st International Workshop on Vocal Interactivity in-and-between Humans, Animals and Robots
Abbreviated titleVIHAR-2017
CountrySweden
CitySkövde
Period2017/09/252017/09/26
Other"VIHAR-2017 is scheduled to take place as a satellite event immediately following INTERSPEECH-2017 (which takes place in Stockholm) and it is supported by the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)."

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