Linguistic techniques and the analysis of emotionality in interviews

  • Allen T. Dittmann
  • Lyman C. Wynne
Part of the The Century Psychology Series book series (TCPS)


For many years clinicians and researchers alike have been searching for some way aside from content to conceptualize and measure the emotionality that is expressed in interviews. There is general agreement that while content, or what is talked about, is very important, and gives many clues to the inner life of patients, the manner of speech, or how things are talked about, enriches the communication immeasurably. Recently the field of linguistics has been seen by many workers to offer the hope of capturing the vocal aspects of communication. Many of the references to linguistics have been impressionistic and programmatic: investigators have been enjoined to study systematically the effects of “tone of voice” in communications. To date only one published research (McQuown, 1957)1 has used linguistic techniques in analyzing interview material. The study is a pioneering one, but does not attempt to evaluate the techniques in a systematic way.


Emotional Expression Voice Quality Linguistic Analysis Primary Stress Radio Program 
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  • Allen T. Dittmann
  • Lyman C. Wynne

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