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The effect of talker-listener angle on word intelligibility

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A series of experiments were conducted in a sound-treated studio to study the effects of talker angle and listener angle on speech intelligibility. Background noise was introduced through two loudspeakers to control the general intelligibility level in the vicinity of the listeners. The noise also served to neutralize the effects of speech reflections in the room. Seventy word-tests were run in three sub-experiments. The talker read a list of fifty C-V-C words for each test. The results indicated that speech intelligibility varies more with listener angle than with talker angle, at least within 45° on either side of the talker. However, the relationship between intelligibility and listening angle may have been influenced by the directionality of the noise source relative to the talker and the listeners.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1963

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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