Contemporary Issues in Experimental Phonetics

Contemporary Issues in Experimental Phonetics

1st Edition - January 1, 1976

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  • Editor: Norman Lass
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323147552

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Contemporary Issues in Experimental Phonetics provides comprehensive coverage of a number of research topics on experimental phonetics. This book is divided into four parts. Part I describes the instrumentation systems employed in the study of speech acoustics and speech physiology. The models, aerodynamic principles, and peripheral physiological mechanisms of speech production are discussed in Part II. Part III explains the problems in the specifications of the acoustic characteristics of speech sounds and suprasegmental features of speech. The speech perception process, speaker recognition, theories on the nature of the dichotic right ear advantage, and errors in auditory perception are elaborated in the last chapter. This text likewise covers the measurement of temporal processing in speech perception and interrelationship of speech, hearing, and language in an understanding of the total human communication process. This publication is valuable to speech and hearing scientists, speech pathologists, audiologists, psychologists, linguists, and graduate students researching on experimental phonetics.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Part I Research Techniques

    Chapter 1 Instrumentation for the Study of Speech Acoustics


    Speech Model and Parameters

    Speech Analysis

    Speech Synthesis


    Chapter 2 Instrumentation for the Study of Speech Physiology

    The Physiological Events of Speech Production

    Electrical Activity of the Speech Muscles

    Structural Movement during Speech Production

    Fundamental Instrumentation Requirements for Speech Physiology


    Ppart II Speech Production

    Chapter 3 Models of Speech Production


    Basic Control Strategies in Skilled Motor Behavior

    The Problem of Seriation

    The Problem of Articulatory Representation

    Conclusions and Suggestions


    Chapter 4 Aerodynamics of Speech Production

    Generation of Driving Pressures

    Methodological Aspects

    Lower Airway Dynamics

    Upper Airway Dynamics

    Research Implications


    Chapter 5 Peripheral Mechanisms of Speech Motor Control

    Peripheral Mechanical Properties

    Afferent Feedback Mechanisms

    Implications of Peripheral Properties for an Understanding of Speech Production


    Part III The Speech Signal

    Chapter 6 Acoustic Characteristics of Speech Sounds

    Relating Speech Physiology and Speech Acoustics

    Sound Units and Their Properties

    Practical Aspects in the Acoustical Study of Speech Sounds



    Chapter 7 Suprasegmental Features of Speech


    Duration and Quantity

    Tone and Intonation

    Stress and Emphasis

    Summary and Outlook


    Part V Speech Perception

    Chapter 8 Speech Perception


    Levels of Processing

    The Acoustic Cues

    The Phonetic Percept

    Models of Phonetic Perception

    The Processing of Consonants and Vowels

    Specialized Neural Processes


    Chapter 9 Speaker Recognition


    Speaker Recognition by Listening: Procedural Effects

    Speaker Recognition by Listening: Experimental Findings

    Other Speaker Recognition Methods



    Chapter 10 Dichotic Listening

    Introduction and Orientation

    Why is There a Dichotic Right Ear Advantage?

    Tabular Literature Summary

    Our Basic Dichotic Paradigm

    Simple Dichotic Listening to Words and Syllables with Intensity and Time of Onset Held Constant

    Test-Retest Reliability of the Right Ear Advantage

    Variations with Age

    Effects of Varying Intensity

    Effects of Varying Signal-to-Noise Ratio

    The Effects of Varying Frequency Bandwidth

    Effects of Varying Onset Time

    Pathological Cases

    Comparing Dichotic Studies


    Future Research Directions


    Chapter 11 Auditory Illusions and Perceptual Processes

    Illusory Changes in Repeated Auditory Patterns

    Illusory Continuity of Interrupted Auditory Patterns: Phonemic Restorations and Auditory Induction

    Perception and Confusions of Temporal Order



    Chapter 12 Time- and Frequency-Altered Speech

    Time-Altered Speech

    Frequency-Altered Speech


    Chapter 13 Perceptual Psychophysics: Speech and Hearing

    Hearing Science and Pitch

    Speech Science and Pitch

    A Return to the Issue


    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 512
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1976
  • Published: January 1, 1976
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323147552

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