LINGUIST List 10.110

Mon Jan 25 1999

Books: Phonetics

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  1. Jud Wolfskill, Acoustic Phonetics, Kenneth N. Stevens

Message 1: Acoustic Phonetics, Kenneth N. Stevens

Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 16:36:01 -0400
From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
Subject: Acoustic Phonetics, Kenneth N. Stevens

Acoustic Phonetics
by Kenneth N. Stevens

This work presents a theory of speech-sound generation in the human
vocal system. The comprehensive acoustic theory serves as one basis for
defining categories of speech sounds used to form distinctions between
words in languages. The author begins with a review of the anatomy and
physiology of speech production, then covers source mechanisms, the
vocal tract as an acoustic filter, relevant aspects of auditory
psychophysics and physiology, and phonological representations. In the
remaining chapters he presents an examination of vowels, consonants,
and the influence of context on speech sound production. Although he
focuses mainly on the sounds of English, he touches briefly on sounds
in other languages.

The book will serve as a reference for speech scientists, speech
pathologists, linguists interested in phonetics and phonology,
psychologists interested in speech perception and production, and
engineers concerned with speech processing applications.

Kenneth N. Stevens is the Clarence J. LeBel Professor in the Department
of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.

Current Studies in Linguistics 30

7 x 10, 672 pp., 700 illus., cloth ISBN 0-262-19404-X

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