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Des sons aux mots, comment parle-t-on du timbre musical ?

Abstract : Analyzing how we describe sounds allows a better understanding of what they mean to us and how perceptual representations are enriched by semantic representations. In spite of the lack of a specific sound-related vocabulary, listeners asked to describe the similarities and differences between musical instrument sounds are quite prolific in their verbal productions. They tend to describe either the action or vibrating object at the origin of the sound, its temporal form or a variety of perceptual attributes. In the latter case, many terms from other sensory domains (visual, tactile, smell) are used. Ratings of sounds on semantic scales using descriptors of perceptual attributes extracted from these free verbalizations correspond closely to freely verbalized relations. In spite of the paucity of sound-related vocabulary and the semantic ambiguities of the words used, listeners are able to recognize auditorally a described sound. Verbal communication in poorly lexicalized domains is thus strongly constrained by context.
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Anne Faure. Des sons aux mots, comment parle-t-on du timbre musical ?. Psychologie. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), 2000. Français. ⟨tel-00140521⟩



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