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After having tried out a number of different recording set-ups (cameras, microphones, audio recorders), we  were able to start our data collection in August 2017. You can follow our progress (data collection, analyses, results) here on our project website and also on our blog.


In Study 1 we will investigate how cats vary their melody (intonation) in human-directed and cat-directed vocalisations. How is cat prosody varied in different contexts or situations? How do human listeners perceive this intonational variation? We will develop a prosodic typology of cat vocalisations and present our results on a popular scientific website.


Study 2 will apply new methods to examine how cats perceive different prosodic cues in human speech. Do they distinguish between different voices (familiar-unfamiliar, adults-children) and speaking styles (pet-directed, adult-directed), and do they prefer certain intonation patterns?


We are currently collecting data using Video (on a tripod) as well as an action camera (a GoPro), and audio recording using small and light bluetooth microphones which easily attach to a cat collar and allow us to record high quality close-up recordings of cat vocalisations. The picture shows Cat 03 (Susanne's cat Turbo) wearing a bluetooth microphone.

Humanities Lab
Box 201, 22100, Lund, Sweden
Division of Logopedics, Phoniatrics, and Audiology
Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University
SE-221 85 Lund, Sweden

Email: susanne.schotz–at–