Melody matters: An acoustic study of domestic cat meows in six contexts and four mental states

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Abstract

This study investigates domestic cat vocalisations in different contexts and mental states. Measures of fundamental frequency (f0) and duration as well as f0 contours of 780 meows from 40 cats were analysed. We found significant effects of recording context and of mental state on f0 and duration. Additionally, contours in positive (affiliative) contexts and mental states were predominantly rising, while those produced in negative contexts and mental states were predominantly falling. Our results suggest that cats use paralinguistic information and biological codes to signal mental state.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. 2nd Intl. Workshop on Vocal interactivity in-and-between Humans, Animals and Robots (VIHAR)
EditorsAngela Dassow, Ricard Marxer, Roger K. Moore, Dan Stowell
PublisherRicard Marxer
Pages29-34
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-9562029-1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventVIHAR-2019: 2nd International Workshop on Vocal Interactivity in-and-between Humans, Animals and Robots - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2019 Aug 292019 Aug 30
http://vihar-2019.vihar.org/

Workshop

WorkshopVIHAR-2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period2019/08/292019/08/30
Internet address

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Zoology
  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

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