An Exploratory Study on the Influence of Activities on Public Space Users' Descriptions of Their Auditory Environments on Site: The Case of Amsterdam

Edda Bild, K. Pfeffer, Matt Coler, Luca Bertolini

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

This paper is an exploration into whether public space users performing different activities describe their auditory environments in noticeably different ways. Building on soundscape and psycholinguistic literature, a questionnaire study was conducted in a large park in Amsterdam (NL), where 92 park users described, in writing, their activities and auditory environments. Users' self-reported activities were categorized based on their level of social interaction (solitary vs. socially interactive), and using open coding, generating categories of activities grouped by semantic range. The written corpus on auditory environment descriptions was analysed through a proposed classificatory framework, coding descriptions at three semantic and one syntactic level. We preliminarily tested whether there are associations between various categories of activities and of auditory environment descriptions, categorized at different levels. Our results suggest that, while for detailed levels of activity categorization there were no non-distinct patterns, the level of social interaction of users' activities has an observable effect over users' descriptions of their auditory environments. This holds particularly in relation to types of sounds listed, as well as for differences in descriptions at a syntactic level. These findings point towards subtly diff erent auditory experiences in the same public space for users performing solitary or socially interactive activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-463
Number of pages15
JournalActa Acustica United with Acustica
Volume105
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

Fingerprint

semantics
psycholinguistics
coding
Amsterdam
Hearing
Public Space
interactions
acoustics
Syntax
Social Interaction
Sound
Soundscape
Psycholinguistics
Questionnaire

Keywords

  • ITC-ISI-JOURNAL-ARTICLE

Cite this

@article{fbc98b590a1242f28f8c637fddd97d45,
title = "An Exploratory Study on the Influence of Activities on Public Space Users' Descriptions of Their Auditory Environments on Site: The Case of Amsterdam",
abstract = "This paper is an exploration into whether public space users performing different activities describe their auditory environments in noticeably different ways. Building on soundscape and psycholinguistic literature, a questionnaire study was conducted in a large park in Amsterdam (NL), where 92 park users described, in writing, their activities and auditory environments. Users' self-reported activities were categorized based on their level of social interaction (solitary vs. socially interactive), and using open coding, generating categories of activities grouped by semantic range. The written corpus on auditory environment descriptions was analysed through a proposed classificatory framework, coding descriptions at three semantic and one syntactic level. We preliminarily tested whether there are associations between various categories of activities and of auditory environment descriptions, categorized at different levels. Our results suggest that, while for detailed levels of activity categorization there were no non-distinct patterns, the level of social interaction of users' activities has an observable effect over users' descriptions of their auditory environments. This holds particularly in relation to types of sounds listed, as well as for differences in descriptions at a syntactic level. These findings point towards subtly diff erent auditory experiences in the same public space for users performing solitary or socially interactive activities.",
keywords = "ITC-ISI-JOURNAL-ARTICLE",
author = "Edda Bild and K. Pfeffer and Matt Coler and Luca Bertolini",
year = "2019",
month = "5",
day = "1",
doi = "10.3813/AAA.919327",
language = "English",
volume = "105",
pages = "449--463",
journal = "Acustica united with Acta Acustica",
issn = "1610-1928",
publisher = "S. Hirzel Verlag GmbH",
number = "3",

}

An Exploratory Study on the Influence of Activities on Public Space Users' Descriptions of Their Auditory Environments on Site : The Case of Amsterdam. / Bild, Edda; Pfeffer, K.; Coler, Matt; Bertolini, Luca.

In: Acta Acustica United with Acustica, Vol. 105, No. 3, 01.05.2019, p. 449-463.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - An Exploratory Study on the Influence of Activities on Public Space Users' Descriptions of Their Auditory Environments on Site

T2 - The Case of Amsterdam

AU - Bild, Edda

AU - Pfeffer, K.

AU - Coler, Matt

AU - Bertolini, Luca

PY - 2019/5/1

Y1 - 2019/5/1

N2 - This paper is an exploration into whether public space users performing different activities describe their auditory environments in noticeably different ways. Building on soundscape and psycholinguistic literature, a questionnaire study was conducted in a large park in Amsterdam (NL), where 92 park users described, in writing, their activities and auditory environments. Users' self-reported activities were categorized based on their level of social interaction (solitary vs. socially interactive), and using open coding, generating categories of activities grouped by semantic range. The written corpus on auditory environment descriptions was analysed through a proposed classificatory framework, coding descriptions at three semantic and one syntactic level. We preliminarily tested whether there are associations between various categories of activities and of auditory environment descriptions, categorized at different levels. Our results suggest that, while for detailed levels of activity categorization there were no non-distinct patterns, the level of social interaction of users' activities has an observable effect over users' descriptions of their auditory environments. This holds particularly in relation to types of sounds listed, as well as for differences in descriptions at a syntactic level. These findings point towards subtly diff erent auditory experiences in the same public space for users performing solitary or socially interactive activities.

AB - This paper is an exploration into whether public space users performing different activities describe their auditory environments in noticeably different ways. Building on soundscape and psycholinguistic literature, a questionnaire study was conducted in a large park in Amsterdam (NL), where 92 park users described, in writing, their activities and auditory environments. Users' self-reported activities were categorized based on their level of social interaction (solitary vs. socially interactive), and using open coding, generating categories of activities grouped by semantic range. The written corpus on auditory environment descriptions was analysed through a proposed classificatory framework, coding descriptions at three semantic and one syntactic level. We preliminarily tested whether there are associations between various categories of activities and of auditory environment descriptions, categorized at different levels. Our results suggest that, while for detailed levels of activity categorization there were no non-distinct patterns, the level of social interaction of users' activities has an observable effect over users' descriptions of their auditory environments. This holds particularly in relation to types of sounds listed, as well as for differences in descriptions at a syntactic level. These findings point towards subtly diff erent auditory experiences in the same public space for users performing solitary or socially interactive activities.

KW - ITC-ISI-JOURNAL-ARTICLE

UR - https://ezproxy2.utwente.nl/login?url=https://doi.org/10.3813/AAA.919327

UR - https://ezproxy2.utwente.nl/login?url=https://library.itc.utwente.nl/login/2019/isi/pfeffer_exp.pdf

U2 - 10.3813/AAA.919327

DO - 10.3813/AAA.919327

M3 - Article

VL - 105

SP - 449

EP - 463

JO - Acustica united with Acta Acustica

JF - Acustica united with Acta Acustica

SN - 1610-1928

IS - 3

ER -