Acoustics of Speech and Hearing

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MIT Course Number

6.551J / HST.714J

As Taught In

Fall 2004



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Course Description

Course Features

Course Description

The Acoustics of Speech and Hearing is an H-Level graduate course that reviews the physical processes involved in the production, propagation and reception of human speech. Particular attention is paid to how the acoustics and mechanics of the speech and auditory system define what sounds we are capable of producing and what sounds we can sense. Areas of discussion include:

  1. the acoustic cues used in determining the direction of a sound source,
  2. the acoustic and mechanical mechanisms involved in speech production and
  3. the acoustic and mechanical mechanism used to transduce and analyze sounds in the ear.

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Christopher Shera, John Rosowski, Kenneth Stevens, and Louis Braida. 6.551J Acoustics of Speech and Hearing. Fall 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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