History of Speech Spectrum Analysis

  • Sean A. FulopEmail author
Part of the Signals and Communication Technology book series (SCT)


This chapter traces the history of sound (and in particular, speech) spectrum analysis from its very beginnings in the theory developed by Fourier in the early 1800s. A particular goal of this historical outline is to describe not just the events and developments through the years, but also the beliefs and attitudes of scientists as these changed with the development of a better understanding. Some of the scientists whose work is discussed here are still widely known and cited, while others’ contributions have been unjustly forgotten. With this chapter, I also hope to straighten out the historical record in this respect, giving all due credit to those pioneers who uncovered many facts about speech spectra that are now taken for granted.


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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsCalifornia State University FresnoFresnoUSA

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