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Whenever anybody -- linguist, speech pathologist, or communication engineer -- wants to know why the acoustic structure of a particular sound is as it is, this is the book to which they will turn. There is absolutely no other book with anything like this depth of coverage.(Peter Ladefoged, Professor of Phonetics Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles)
Kenneth N. Stevens is the Clarence J. LeBel Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.