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Meaning in the Context of Sound Quality Assessment

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The aim of this paper is to point out the role of meaning the listener associates with a sound in the context of sound quality assessment. In the area of sound quality assessment the quality of a sound is often reduced to its surface form alone. However, to the listener a sound has not only a form, but a sound is also perceived as a carrier of information: Each sound has a meaning to its listener, and as such each sound is perceived as a sign. Consequently, the meaning of sounds does have a weighty influence on its judged quality.

The science which guides the understanding of this aspect is sign theory, also called semiotics. The paper briefly outlines basic principles of semiotics and relates them to the field of sound quality assessment.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1999

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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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