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Hille Pajupuu, Rene Altrov, Jaan Pajupuu


This study investigated the effects of culture on voice likability assessments. A total of 32 Finns and 32 Estonians rated the likability of 40 Finnish and 40 Estonian female and male voices. The voices represented two phonogenres: poetry and interview. The results showed that Finns and Estonians liked the same voices, but the listeners preferred Finnish voices reading poetry to Estonians, and Estonian voices in interviews to Finnish. The gender and age of the speaker only had a low impact on likability ratings. An analysis of acoustic correlates of voice likability was also conducted, which showed that likable and unlikable voices were differentiated by a set of frequency, energy and spectral parameters, but not tempo parameters.


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