A lifetime of knowledge and experience is bundled in this impressive book of the ESCA-1995 medalist Ken Stevens. All readers of this book will finally have the opportunity to share his detailed description of the production, the acoustics, and the perception of speech segments.
(Louis C.W. Pols, Professor in Phonetic Sciences, University of Amsterdam)
This a landmark work of scholarship in phonetics. The depth and the comprehensive coverage of the acoustics of speech that it provides will make it an indispensable reference work for researchers and graduate students in the field well into the next century.
(John Clark, Adjunct Professor, Speech, Hearing and Language Research Center and Macquarie University, and President, University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury)
This book, the product of Stevens's many years as a renowned teacher and researcher, is a landmark presentation of the source-filter theory of speech production. As a textbook, it is unique in its depth and breadth. The firm basis in phonetic sound classes should make the material accessible to linguists, while the use of quantitative models should make it accessible to engineers. As a reference work, it offers something new on every page.
(Patricia Keating, Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Phonetics Laboratory, University of California)
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)
About the Author
Kenneth N. Stevens is the Clarence J. LeBel Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.