A Course in Phonetics, 6th Edition. Peter Ladefoged and Keith Johnson
This is a revised and up-dated version of Peter Ladefoged's classic
phonetics textbook. The major changes that I introduced in this new
edition were to reframe the discussion of phonetic theory and the
relationship between phonetics and phonology, and to update and
clarify the presentation of the acoustic theory of speech production.
I also added new exercises in some chapters, and added new data on
speech production in a few places.
Quantitative Methods in Linguistics. Keith Johnson
My aim with this book was to demonstrate the use of
quantitative methods in several areas of linguistic research with good
core theoretical background and then a few simple examples and
implementational detail so that researchers could learn something
valuable about the quantitative approach even if this has not been
their usual strategy as linguists. The book assumes no prior
background in statistics and provides guidance from the ground up
- from installing a statistical analysis package to producing publication
quality analyses and graphics.
You can download the example data sets used in "Quantitative Methods" directly from the publisher's web page.
Acoustic and Auditory Phonetics. Keith Johnson
This book started as a set of handouts
for an acoustic phonetics course at the 1993 Linguistics
Institute. I expanded the handouts while I was at the University
of Alabama, Birmingham (mainly at my table at Cosmos' Pizza) and then
again in response to feedback from students at OSU and teachers who
had used the book at several other universities (thanks especially to
Janet Pierrehumbert and John Ohala). The book presents the acoustic
theory of speech production and example spectrograms and auditory
analyses for all of the major classes of speech sounds. I enjoyed
writing it and am gratified by the good reception that it is
enjoying. Thanks also to all of you who gave me feedback on how to
improve the book in the 2nd edition.
The Role of Speech Perception in Phonology. Edited by
Elizabeth V. Hume Keith Johnson.
Do human auditory perceptual abilities shape language
sound structures? If so, what aspects of phonology may be driven by
perception, and how should perceptually driven processes be captured
in linguistic theory? These and similar questions have come to the
forefront of linguistic research in the last decade because the
technology used in speech perception research has become much more
widely available and portable, and because developments in
constraint-based theories of phonology have made it possible to
incorporate 'perceptual constraints' in linguistic grammars. This book
is a collection of authoritative articles on the role of speech
perception in phonology by leading phonologists, phoneticians, and
cognitive psychologists. This book is about how hearing abilities
shape language sound systems. Patterns of perceptual salience
influence language sound patterns. This seemingly simple perspective
poses a challenge for traditional theories of language sound systems
that have been based largely on facts about speech pronunciation
abilities, to the exclusion of hearing. (Yes the cover is "inspired"
by Lisitsky, but can you blame us after what Academic did to the
talker variability book?)
Talker Variability in Speech Processing. Edited by Keith
Johnson & John Mullennix.
This book is now out of print, rare, and hard to find. If you see a used one for sale definitely snap it up.
This is a volume of papers that I edited with John
Mullennix. The point of the book is that when you consider
the range of variation in spoken language exhibited by different
talkers, then your theory of speech perception (or your strategy in
automatic speech recognition) has to take a different form than it
would otherwise. Mullennix and I argue in the book's
introduction that the theoretical implications of talker variability
are that the mental representations of speech categories must be
significantly richer than most theories of speech perception have
previously assumed. Of course, some alternative viewpoints are
expressed in the book and that's what makes it an interesting read.
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