A phonetic pilot study of vocalisations in three cats

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Abstract

538 vocalisations from three domestic cats were collected and used in a phonetic pilot study in order to test some recording and anal- ysis methods normally used with human speech. Based on auditive analysis, the vocalisations were categorised into five types and analysed for duration and F0. The most common type was a combined murmur and miaow. Similar mean type durations were found in all three cats. Mean, minimum and maximum F0 showed an overall high variability, due to the large number of intonation patterns used in each type. One might speculate that cats signal para- linguistic – perhaps even linguistic – infor- mation by varying their F0. Neither the record- ing techniques nor the analysis tools used here were judged to be optimal for cat vocalisations. Future work includes a larger study of cat vo- calisations, including intonation and formants, with adapted recording and analysis methods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings from FONETIK 2012
PublisherUniversity of Gothenburg
Pages45-48
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-91-637-0985-2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventFONETIK 2012 : - The XXVth Swedish Phonetics Conference - Göteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 2012 May 302012 Jun 1

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ConferenceFONETIK 2012
Country/TerritorySweden
CityGothenburg
Period2012/05/302012/06/01

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The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

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