Linguistics and Automatic Processing of Speech

  • John J. Ohala
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 16)


To build a bridge it is helpful to know something about the physics of stress and vibration, about materials science, and so on. To cure sickness, it is helpful to know something about the nature and causes of disease, i.e., microbes, metabolism, etc. This is not to say that it is impossible to build bridges and cure sickness without such knowledge. Indeed, some bridges were built and some sicknesses cured centuries before anyone knew anything about the physical and physiological principles involved. However, it must be admitted that the bridges were modest, most sickness was not alleviated and successes in both areas owed more to trial and error or an intuitive understanding of the relevant principles than to any sort of systematic, scientific, knowledge. From the time that knowledge in these areas was put on a firm scientific basis, taking into account the factors underlying the behavior of materials and microbes, much more impressive bridges and cures were possible.


Speech Perception Automatic Speech Recognition Dynamic Time Warping Stop Consonant Sound Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John J. Ohala
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  1. 1.Phonology Laboratory Department of LinguisticsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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