natural non-speech sound corpus? (Kevin Baker )

Subject: natural non-speech sound corpus?
From:    Kevin Baker  <klb(at)DMU.AC.UK>
Date:    Thu, 17 Aug 1995 15:05:41 +0100

Does any one know whether there exists a corpus of recorded natural non-speech sounds which may be useful for research purposes? In discussion with a colleague and a grad student, I suggested that using a collection of non-speech sounds to test listeners judgments of sound categories may be analogous to using speech databases (eg TIMIT etc). The benefit would be that the results could be compared to other studies using different methods or looking at other aspects of auditory perception using similar or the same stimuli. My suspicion is that such a corpus does not exist because research into the perception of natural non-speech sounds (such as doors slamming, footsteps, hand claps) is rare and as yet undeveloped to the level of knowledge we have about linguistic sounds. Could anyone comment on this? Offer any help? Kevin L. Baker ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ + Tel 0116 257 7761 Department of Human Communication + + Fax 0116 257 7708 De Montfort University, + + Scraptoft Campus, + + 24Hrs 0115 982 1493 Leicester LE7 9SU, U.K. + ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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