6.542J / 24.966J / HST.712J Laboratory on the Physiology, Acoustics, and Perception of Speech

Fall 2005

X-ray of person speaking.
X-ray of person speaking taken from the lab assignment on cineradiographic motion pictures.

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of lab exercises for exploring the human speech process. In addition, a large lab database of speech samples, formatted for use with Klatt Speech Analysis software, including links to other freely available compatible software, are provided.

Course Description

The course focuses on experimental investigations of speech processes. Topics include: measurement of articulatory movements, measurements of pressures and airflows in speech production, computer-aided waveform analysis and spectral analysis of speech, synthesis of speech, perception and discrimination of speechlike sounds, speech prosody, models for speech recognition, speech disorders, and other topics.
  • Two 1-hour lectures per week
  • Two labs per week
  • Brief lab reports
  • Term project, with short term paper
  • No exams

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .ram, .doc, .zip, .m, .c, .dll, .dat, .tex, .ps, and .mat.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Dr. Joseph Perkell
Dr. Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel
Prof. Kenneth Stevens

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session




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