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Speech communication in outdoor soundscapes

Davies, WJ, Mahnken, PZ and Plack, CJ 2009, Speech communication in outdoor soundscapes , in: NAG/DAGA 2009 International Conference on Acoustics, 23-26 March, Rotterdam.

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    Abstract

    The Positive Soundscape Project is a large multi-disciplinary project investigating the perception of soundscapes. Recent findings indicate that speech communication is a principal factor in users’ perceptions of urban soundscapes. The project has therefore explored how this factor might be quantified. This paper reports on an attempt to use speech intelligibility index (SII) to characterise time-varying speech intelligibility in real outdoor soundscapes. The relationships between SII, subjective intelligibility and subjective quality were explored, as functions of signal-to-noise ratio. Possible applications in sound quality mapping of soundscapes and potential implications for rational planning of soundscapes are discussed.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: soundscape
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QC Physics > QC221-246 Acoustics - Sound
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Acoustics Research Centre
    Publisher: DAGA - CDRom
    Refereed: No
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    Depositing User: Dr W. J. Davies
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009 09:19
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:01
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2471

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