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Melody Matters: An Acoustic Study of Domestic Cat Meows in Six Contexts and Four Mental States
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3734-0757
2019 (English)In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop onVocal Interactivity in-and-between Humans, Animals and Robots, VIHAR 2019 / [ed] Angela Dassow, Ricard Marxer, Roger K. Moore, Dan Stowell, 2019, p. 29-34Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates domestic cat meows 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 andduration. Moreover, positive (e.g. affiliative) contexts and mental states tended to have rising f0 contours while meows produced in negative (e.g. stressed) contexts and mental states had predominantly falling f0 contours. Our results suggest that cats use biological codes and paralinguistic information to signal mental state.

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2019. p. 29-34
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-161112ISBN: 978-2-9562029-1-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-161112DiVA, id: diva2:1364977
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VIHAR 2019, London, UK, 29-30 August 2019
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MELODY IN HUMAN–CAT COMMUNICATION (MEOWSIC)Available from: 2019-10-23 Created: 2019-10-23 Last updated: 2019-10-23

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