The role of pitch and speech rate as markers of deception in Italian speech

Katelyn Spence, Joanne Arciuli, Gina Villar

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Abstract

Speakers of all the world’s languages lie. Given this, it is surprising that there has been little investigation of linguistic markers of deception in languages other than English. Here we investigated two linguistic markers of deception in native speakers of Italian: pitch and speech rate. True and false opinions were elicited in an audio-taped interview. A within subjects analysis revealed no significant difference between the average pitch of the two conditions; however, speech rate was significantly slower during deception compared with truth-telling. These results demonstrate the importance of cross-linguistic studies in research on linguistic markers of deception.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-144
JournalAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
Volume2012
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology - Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 Dec 20126 Dec 2012
Conference number: 14th
https://assta.org/proceedings/sst/SST-12/WELCOME.PDF#page1 (Conference link)

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