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Speech Acoustics and Phonetics

Speech Acoustics and Phonetics

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Since almost 60 years Gunnar Fant has actively contributed to the field of Speech
Acoustics and Phonetics. Almost every speech scientist in the world knows him because
he is still a frequent visitor of conferences and workshops all over the world.
They may also know about some of his work, but only few have a proper knowledge
about the details and the breadth of his pioneering and still ongoing research. This
is partly related to the fact that in the early days many of his contributions were
only published in the Quarterly Progress and Status Reports (QPSR) of the Speech
Transmission Laboratory (STL) of the Speech Communication and Music Acoustics
department, later called the department of Speech, Music and Hearing (TMH)
of the Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). Several other important
publications only appeared in various conference proceedings or in not easily accessible
journals. It is most fortunate that Gunnar Fant has taken up the challenge
to produce this book of Selected Writings. It is his own unique selection and it only
contains publications from his own hand with or without colleague co-authors. Via
the Introductions per section he guides us himself through the multitude of topics
and explains the historical developments and the various connections. It makes especially
those older publications accessible that otherwise would have been very
hard to find. I suggested to him to extend as much as possible the introductions to
each of the six main chapters (Speech research overview; Speech production and
synthesis; The voice source; Speech analysis and features; Speech perception; and
Prosody). This, in my opinion has substantially contributed to the readability of the
19 individual contributions. Itwas difficult for him to limit himself to these 19 papers
only, as one can imagine from his full list of publications with over 260 old and new
titles, that he presents both chronologically as well as topic-wise. Nevertheless you
have this goldmine now in front of you and I hope and expect that this will be joyful
and informative reading.
Gunnar Fant has been awarded many times, most recently in June 2004 with the
new IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award, together with
another speech giant Ken Stevens, for their “fundamental contributions to the theory
and practice of acoustic phonetics and speech perception”. Still I believe that the
most valuable contribution of a scientist to the scientific and world community are
his products in writing, especially when they are made accessible in such a splendid
form as in this book.
His pioneering book on the “Acoustic theory of speech production” published
in 1960 by Mouton, is of course a classic that is for instance still invaluable in
articulatory synthesis. However, many other topics, like the formant banana, the
Jakobsen-Fant-Halle distinctive features, the LF source model, the OVE synthesiser,
Since almost 60 years Gunnar Fant has actively contributed to the field of Speech
Acoustics and Phonetics. Almost every speech scientist in the world knows him because
he is still a frequent visitor of conferences and workshops all over the world.
They may also know about some of his work, but only few have a proper knowledge
about the details and the breadth of his pioneering and still ongoing research. This
is partly related to the fact that in the early days many of his contributions were
only published in the Quarterly Progress and Status Reports (QPSR) of the Speech
Transmission Laboratory (STL) of the Speech Communication and Music Acoustics
department, later called the department of Speech, Music and Hearing (TMH)
of the Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). Several other important
publications only appeared in various conference proceedings or in not easily accessible
journals. It is most fortunate that Gunnar Fant has taken up the challenge
to produce this book of Selected Writings. It is his own unique selection and it only
contains publications from his own hand with or without colleague co-authors. Via
the Introductions per section he guides us himself through the multitude of topics
and explains the historical developments and the various connections. It makes especially
those older publications accessible that otherwise would have been very
hard to find. I suggested to him to extend as much as possible the introductions to
each of the six main chapters (Speech research overview; Speech production and
synthesis; The voice source; Speech analysis and features; Speech perception; and
Prosody). This, in my opinion has substantially contributed to the readability of the
19 individual contributions. Itwas difficult for him to limit himself to these 19 papers
only, as one can imagine from his full list of publications with over 260 old and new
titles, that he presents both chronologically as well as topic-wise. Nevertheless you
have this goldmine now in front of you and I hope and expect that this will be joyful
and informative reading.
Gunnar Fant has been awarded many times, most recently in June 2004 with the
new IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award, together with
another speech giant Ken Stevens, for their “fundamental contributions to the theory
and practice of acoustic phonetics and speech perception”. Still I believe that the
most valuable contribution of a scientist to the scientific and world community are
his products in writing, especially when they are made accessible in such a splendid
form as in this book.
His pioneering book on the “Acoustic theory of speech production” published
in 1960 by Mouton, is of course a classic that is for instance still invaluable in
articulatory synthesis. However, many other topics, like the formant banana, the
Jakobsen-Fant-Halle distinctive features, the LF source model, the OVE synthesiser,

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SPEECH ACOUSTICS AND PHONETICS
 
Text, Speech and Language Technology
VOLUME 24
Series Editors
Nancy Ide,
Vassar College, New York 
Jean V´eronis,
Universit ´ e de Provence
and
CNRS, France Editorial Board 
Harald Baayen,
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
Kenneth W. Church,
AT & T Bell Labs, New Jersey, USA
Judith Klavans,
Columbia University, New York, USA
David T. Barnard,
University of Regina, Canada
Dan Tufis,
Romanian Academy of Sciences, Romania
Joaquim Llisterri,
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
Stig Johansson,
University of Oslo, Norway
Joseph Mariani,
LIMSI-CNRS, France
The titles published in this series are listed at the end of this volume.
 
Speech Acousticsand Phonetics
by
GUNNAR FANT
Department of Speech, Music and Hearing,Royal Institute of Technology,Stockholm, Sweden
KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS
DORDRECHT / BOSTON / LONDON

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