Gunnar Fant

  • Speech Sounds and Features

    Gunnar Fant

    The collected works of one of the world's leading scholars in speech acoustics, chronicling the development of speech analysis, feature theory, and applications to language descriptions.

    This is a representative collection of the work of one of the world's leading scholars in the area of speech acoustics. It follows the development over the past 15 years of research presented in the author's previous publications on speech analysis, feature theory, and applications to language descriptions. Most of the articles have had very restricted distribution – many appearing only in the Quarterly Progress Reports issued by Dr. Fant's laboratory.

    The first part of the book covers manifold aspects of speech analysis such as instrumental techniques, spectrum data, formant statistics with an emphasis on Swedish vowels and stops, speaker dependencies, normalization procedures, production theory, and coarticulation. The second part analyzes established feature systems and suggests revisions and general discussions on the concept of distinctive features, perception, and the applicability of feature theory to automatic speech recognition. Articles in this part of the book are especially valuable because they represent Dr. Fant's work on “inherent” features and their phonetic correlates as it has evolved since his collaboration in 1952 with Roman Jakobson and Morris Halle.

    • Hardcover $30.00
  • Preliminaries to Speech Analysis

    Preliminaries to Speech Analysis

    The Distinctive Features and Their Correlates

    Roman Jakobson, Gunnar Fant, and Morris Halle

    This work attempts to describes the ultimate discrete components of language, their specific structure, and their articulatory, acoustic, and perceptual correlates, and surveys their utilization in the language of the world. First published in 1951, this edition contains an added paper on Tenseness and Laxness.

    • Paperback $20.00