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STUDIES

As soon as we have started our project work with studies and the prosodic typology of cat vocalisations, we will present our results on this page.
Below you can read about our planned studies and also listen to cat meows with different melodies recorded during our pilot studies.

STUDY 1

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

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?

CAT MELODY EXAMPLES 1

These cat meows all have rising melody (intonation), and they represent typical food soliciting meows of the cats participating in a pilot study.

CAT MELODY EXAMPLES 2

These cat meows all have fallling melody (intonation), and they represent typical unhappy meows (recorded in the waiting room at the vet's) of the cats participating in a pilot study.

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

CONTACTS
Email: susanne.schotz–at–med.lu.se