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Computational Phonetics

Phonetics is the study of speech sounds, it investigates physical properties of the sound waves constituting the actual speech signal and (unsurprisingly) shares a great deal of notion and tools with standard Signal Processing. Computational phonetics is the design of algorithms implementing phonetic analysis methods.

The books that are shaping my early training as a phonetician/linguist :

The people doing the dirty field work that provides me with heaps of beautiful data to play with : Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica and Phonetics Laboratory, University of Oxford

The software that makes my work possible : Praat (alongside GSL, Eigen, MATLAB and R)

The usual "dependent variable" of my work is : F0, the Fundamental Frequency that in physiological terms expresses how fast a person's vocal cords vibrate.