Laboratory on the Physiology, Acoustics, and Perception of Speech

X-ray of person speaking.

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


MIT Course Number

6.542J / 24.966J / HST.712J

As Taught In

Fall 2005



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Course Features

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

Perkell, Joseph, Kenneth Stevens, and Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel. 6.542J Laboratory on the Physiology, Acoustics, and Perception of Speech, Fall 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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