God as interlocutor - real or imaginary? Prosodic markers of dialogue speech and expected efficacy in spoken prayer

Oliver Niebuhr, Uffe Schjoedt

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Abstrakt

We analyze the phonetic correlates of petitionary prayer in 22
Christian practitioners. Our aim is to examine if praying is
characterized by prosodic markers of dialogue speech and
expected efficacy. Three similar conditions are compared; 1)
requests to God, 2) requests to a human recipient, 3) requests
to an imaginary person. We find that making requests to God
is clearly distinguishable from making requests to both human
and imaginary interlocutors. Requests to God are, unlike requests
to an imaginary person, characterized by markers of
dialogue speech (as opposed to monologue speech), including,
a higher f0 level, a larger f0 range, and a slower speaking rate.
In addition, requests to God differ from those made to both
human and imaginary persons in markers of expected efficacy
on the part of the speaker. These markers are related to a more
careful speech production, including almost complete lack of
hesitations, more pauses, and a much longer speaking time.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProc. Interspeech 2019
ForlagInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
Publikationsdato16. sep. 2019
Sider36-40
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 16. sep. 2019
BegivenhedINTERSPEECH 2019 - Graz, Østrig
Varighed: 15. sep. 201919. sep. 2019

Konference

KonferenceINTERSPEECH 2019
LandØstrig
ByGraz
Periode15/09/201919/09/2019
NavnProceedings of the International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
ISSN1990-9772

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