Voice quality needs its own theory that must provide a conceptual framework for the main ideas of the field as well as some explanatory power, describe or at least propose possible mechanisms for the phenomena addressed, and suggest methods of attack on unsolved problems. Establishing a framework would lead to a more cohesive vocabulary. It would provide a platform to guide thought and discussion about voice quality related phenomena. One of the features of such a theory should be the mapping between the signal and the percepts, or between the “subjective” and the “objective”.
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