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Communicating Listeners' Auditory Spatial Experiences: A Method for Developing a Descriptive Language.

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A method is presented which details how a descriptive language can be developed for effectively communicating listeners’ individual auditory spatial experiences during subjective evaluations. The language-development method focuses on identifying and minimising ambiguities which could prevent the representation of listeners’ experiences or the researcher’s comprehension of these experiences when communicated. The development of a specific descriptive graphical language provides an example of the method in practice. Details of this particular language’s evolution are summarised; from the elicitation and clarification of listeners’ individual graphical descriptors, to the development and evaluation of a communal language. Ambiguities encountered at the various stages in this language’s development are illustrated in a descriptive process model.

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