LINGUIST List 26.4807

Thu Oct 29 2015

Confs: Phonetics, Phonology/USA

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 28-Oct-2015
From: Jonathan Barnes <>
Subject: Speaker Comfort and Communication in Noisy Environments
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Speaker Comfort and Communication in Noisy Environments

Date: 31-May-2016 - 03-Jun-2016
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Contact: Oliver Niebuhr
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology

Meeting Description:

Prolonged exposure to high levels of ambient noise can lead to serious health effects, decreases in comfort during communication, and cognitive impairment. Two important aspects of the disturbance caused by noise on speech are its effects on speech intelligibility and vocal effort, and therefore speaker comfort. In noisy environments, speech prosodic changes can include a modification of fundamental frequency (F0) and a slowing of speech rate and other durational modifications. These changes appear to be made by the speaker to improve intelligibility for the listener. This special session invites submissions addressing the impact of noise on communication and speaker comfort. The topics will include, but will not be limited to, the effects of noise, speech style and room acoustic characteristics on speech parameters, talker intelligibility, and self-reported speaker comfort. A discussion of the implications of noise exposure for occupational voice users and pupils in the classroom is encouraged. The session will also provide a forum for discussing recent developments in the study of vocal effort, acoustic clarity, and communication enhancement.

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