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Editing Kempelen’s "Mechanismus der Menschlichen Sprache": Experiences and findings

  • Wolfgang von Kempelen's book "The Mechanism of Human Speech" from 1791 is a famous milestone in the history of speech communication research. It has an enormous relevance for the phonetic sciences and it marks an important turning point for the development of the (mechanical) speech synthesis. So far no English version of this work was available, which excludes many interested researchers. Access to the original versions in German and French is restricted for various reasons. For example the blackletter script of the German version is troublesome for most of today's readers. We report here on a new edition of Kempelen's book which unites a better readable German version and its English translation. It will now also be in a searchable electronic format and has been enriched with many commentaries, which aid in the understanding of details of the late 18th century that are little known or unknown to many researchers today.

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Author:Fabian Brackhane, Richard Sproat, Jürgen Trouvain
Parent Title (English):HSCR 2017 Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on the History of Speech Communication Research Helsinki, August 18-19, 2017
Series (Serial Number):Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation (83)
Place of publication:Dresden
Editor:Martti Vainio, Juraj Simko, Reijo Aulanko
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2017
Date of Publication (online):2017/12/20
GND Keyword:Edition; Historische Phonetik; Kempelen, Wolfgang von; Mechanismus der Menschlichen Sprache
First Page:16
Last Page:24
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Phonetik / Phonologie
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG