Acoustic Phonetics


This book 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 a detailed 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Production
  3. 2. Source Mechanisms
  4. 3. Basic Acoustics of Vocal Tract Resonators
  5. 4. Auditory Processing of Speechlike Sounds
  6. 5. Phonological Representation of Utterances
  7. 6. Vowels: Acoustic Events with a Relatively Open Vocal Tract
  8. 7. The Basic Stop Consonants: Bursts and Formant Transitions
  9. 8. Obstruent Consonants
  10. 9. Sonorant Consonants
  11. 10. Some Influences of Context on Speech Sound Production
  12. Notes
  13. References
  14. Index