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Hardcover | Out of Print | 624 pp. | 7 x 10 in | January 1999 | ISBN: 9780262194044
Paperback | $67.00 X | £55.95 | 624 pp. | 7 x 10 in | July 2000 | ISBN: 9780262692502

Acoustic Phonetics


This long-awaited 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 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.


“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