The Prosody Recordings Project is interested in capturing the aspects of speech (emotion, intonation) that are left out of the written form of a message.
For a series of experiments in the perception of prosody, we're making recordings, in which simple phrases are expressed in ways that reflect varied contexts.
The same phrase might be used to answer different questions, address listeners at different distances from the speaker, or express different emotional states.
We're using actors because they are experts at producing this kind of contextual variation in a natural and convincing way.
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