|Homework and Class Participation||20%|
|Mid-Term and Final Exam||60%|
Who Should Take This Course
The Acoustics of Speech and Hearing course is open to beginning graduate students and upper level undergraduates who have had two semesters of college-level physics (or equivalent) and differential and integral calculus. Past students have included Physics, EE and ME juniors, seniors and graduate students as well as graduate students from the Media Lab.
The recommended (but not required) textbook for the course is:
Denes, P. B., and E. N. Pinson. The Speech Chain: The physics and biology of spoken speech. 2nd ed. New York: W. H. Freeman, 1993. ISBN: 9780716722564.
This text is written for non-engineers but it contains a clear basic description of the physiologic and physical processes involved in speech production, transmission, reception and recognition.
Other more detailed and engineering oriented texts will be useful from time:
Kinsler, Frey, Coppens, and Saunders. Fundamentals of Acoustics. San Diego: Academic Press, 1982. ISBN: 9780471029335.
Beranek, Leo. Acoustics. New York: American Institute of Physics, 1986. ISBN: 9780883184943.
Stevens, Ken. Acoustic Phonetics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780262692502
Rosen, Stuart, and Peter Howell. Signals and System for Speech and Hearing. San Diego: Academic Press, 1991. ISBN: 9780125972314.
A book that gives a more balanced view point of acoustics and speech and hearing:
3 Lectures on Sound Propagation in Space
1 Lecture on Sound Diffraction Sound Localization
2 Lectures on Sound Localization
4 Lectures on Electro-Acoustic Circuits
3 Lectures on Acoustic Transducers including the Middle Ear
1 Lecture on Middle-Ear Disease and Reconstruction
3 Lectures on Sound in Tubes
3 Lectures on the Inner Ear
2 Lectures on the Perception of Sound and Hearing Loss
3 Lectures on Speech Sound Production
1 Paper discussion on Frequency Selectivity in the Auditory System
1 Lecture on the Processing of Speech by the Auditory System
Laboratory Sessions include
1 Lab on Sound Propagation (on the day of Lecture 6)
1 Lab on Quantifying the Perception of Sound (on the day of Lecture 14)
1 Lab on the Acoustic Analysis of Speech (on the day of Lecture 20)