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6.541J / 24.968J / HST.710J Speech Communication, Spring 2004

Textbook cover for Acoustic Phonetics, written by Kenneth Stevens.
Cover of 6.541J textbook: Stevens, Kenneth. Acoustic Phonetics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999. ISBN: 0-262-19404-X. (Image courtesy of MIT Press.)

Highlights of this Course

This course site features assignments with solutions, along with lecture handouts featuring figures from Prof. Kenneth Stevens' book, Acoustic Phonetics, published by MIT Press in 1999.

Course Description

6.541J surveys the structural properties of natural languages, with special emphasis on the sound pattern. Topics covered include: representation of the lexicon; physiology of speech production; articulatory phonetics; acoustical theory of speech production; acoustical and articulatory descriptions of phonetic features and of prosodic aspects of speech; perception of speech; models of lexical access and of speech production and planning; and applications to recognition and generation of speech by machine, and to the study of speech disorders.


Prof. Kenneth Stevens

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Three sessions total
2 hours / session




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