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Module 4 - The Human Voice

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Voice  ::   Speech Production  ::   Speech Recognition  ::   Singing

Speech Production

Throughout human history, the principal mode of communication has been the spoken word. The systems in the human body that send and receive oral messages are sophisticated in design and complex in function. Our understanding of both hearing and speech has progressed dramatically in recent years, largely because of new techniques for making acoustical as well as physiological measurements. In this chapter we will discuss the vocal organs and how they work together to make speech.

To successfully complete this chapter you should...

  • Read chapter 15 in your text book (pages 311- 328).
  • Carefully study the important concepts about speech production as you read the chapter.
  • Be able to identify the vocal organs and tell their role in production of speech.
  • Be able to draw a model of the vocal tract that shows how vowels and consonants are produced. (15.6)

Important Concepts

Vocal Organs
Vocal folds

Vocal Tract
Acoustic phonetics
Articulation of speech

Resonances in vocal tract
Models of vocal tract
Studies of the vocal tract
Prosodic features of speech

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