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Gunnar Fant
1919 - 2009

Gunnar Fant, a true pioneer in speech communication, formed the Speech Transmission Laboratory when returning to Sweden in 1951 after visiting the acoustics laboratory of MIT 1949-1951. In addition to speech analysis and synthesis, a major project during the first years involved language statistics and system evaluations. A substantial growth of the laboratory was encountered in the 1960's on the basis of American grants and later by increased Swedish funding. In 1966, when Gunnar Fant received his professorship, the laboratory had grown to a group of 20 people.

More info

  • Carlson et al., (2009). In Memoriam - Gunnar Fant, Phonetica 2009:66. pp 249-250. [pdf]
  • In Memoriam presentation Interspeech 2009 [pdf]
  • Fant, G. (2000). Half a century in phonetics and speech research. [pdf]
  • Watanabe et al., (1970). Gunnar Fant 60 years. QPSR 20:2. [pdf]
  • List of publications 1945-2007
  • Jakobson, R., Fant, G., & Halle, M. (1951). Preliminaries to speech analysis. The distinctive features and their correlates, MIT press pdf
  • Publications in the TMH database
  • CV

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