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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (July 24 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262692503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262692502
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #593,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Format: Paperback
The author, Ken Stevens, together with Gunnar Fant, is largely responsible for the development of our understanding of the acoustics of speech production, that is, of how the changing configuration of the articulators is related to the acoustic properties of speech. This book is the culmination of that work.
It is in theory self-contained, with a lengthy introductory chapter
on the anatomy and physiology of speech production and chapters on sound sources, resonances of the vocal tract, and auditory processing of speechlike sounds that provide the background for chapters devoted to the various major types of speech sounds. However, a full understanding requires a fair background in mathematics, physics, and electrical engineering. The book is nonetheless lucidly written.
The closest that I can come to criticism is that the title is slightly misleading. "The Acoustics of Speech Production" might have been a better title. The emphasis is on elucidating the basic principles of the acoustics of speech production rather than on describing the details of the production of particular speech sounds; it is not a compendium of the acoustic properties of all known speech sounds. Similarly, unlike some books with titles like "Acoustic Phonetics", it does not attempt to teach the reader how to conduct acoustic phonetic research.
This book has no competitor. No other work provides such a comprehensive view of the acoustics of speech production with such a depth of analysis. It will be the standard reference in the field for many years to come.
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HASH(0xa51e375c) out of 5 stars The standard treatise on the acoustics of speech production April 28 2004
By William J. Poser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The author, Ken Stevens, together with Gunnar Fant, is largely responsible for the development of our understanding of the acoustics of speech production, that is, of how the changing configuration of the articulators is related to the acoustic properties of speech. This book is the culmination of that work.
It is in theory self-contained, with a lengthy introductory chapter
on the anatomy and physiology of speech production and chapters on sound sources, resonances of the vocal tract, and auditory processing of speechlike sounds that provide the background for chapters devoted to the various major types of speech sounds. However, a full understanding requires a fair background in mathematics, physics, and electrical engineering. The book is nonetheless lucidly written.
The closest that I can come to criticism is that the title is slightly misleading. "The Acoustics of Speech Production" might have been a better title. The emphasis is on elucidating the basic principles of the acoustics of speech production rather than on describing the details of the production of particular speech sounds; it is not a compendium of the acoustic properties of all known speech sounds. Similarly, unlike some books with titles like "Acoustic Phonetics", it does not attempt to teach the reader how to conduct acoustic phonetic research.
This book has no competitor. No other work provides such a comprehensive view of the acoustics of speech production with such a depth of analysis. It will be the standard reference in the field for many years to come.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa49410fc) out of 5 stars magnificent, tour de force, masterly technical analysis Feb. 10 1999
By JMPickett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Stevens' treatise carries Fant's classic of 1960 up to date, and to a more linguistic level in describing the essential, basic acoustic features of speech. The mathematics are beyond me but I expect to find answers to any question I have about the acoustics of speech communication for explanations in my own book. J.M. Pickett


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