Acoustical Properties of the Vocal System
The collection of olfactory, respiratory and digestive apparatus which man uses for speaking is a relatively complex sound-producing system. Its operation has been described qualitatively in the preceding chapter. In this chapter we would like to consider in more detail the acoustical principles underlying speech production. The treatment is not intended to be exhaustive. Rather it is intended to circumscribe the problems of vocal tract analysis and to set forth certain fundamental relations for speech production. In addition, it aims to outline techniques and method for acoustic analysis of the vocal mechanism and to indicate their practical applications. Specialized treatments of a number of these points can be found elsewhere1.
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