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Artificial Intelligence
Anthropology
Brain Anatomy/Physiology
Brain Computation Studies
Brain Function Theories
Brain (General)
Biology/Biochemisry
Evolution of Humans
Evolution of Language
The Future of Computing (Speculation)
Linguistics (Semantics)
Linguistics (Phonetics, Phonology)
Linguistics (Syntax)
Language Processing (Words & Meaning)
Language Processing (Neurology)
Mathematics
Philosophy
Psychology
Speech Processing (Synth & Recog)

Artificial Intelligence

Barr:

     The Handbook of Artificial Intelligence, Volume I
Avron Barr, Edward A. Feigenbaum (eds) (1981, Addison Wesley)
summary
     The Handbook of Artificial Intelligence, Volume II
Avron Barr, Edward A. Feigenbaum (eds) (1982, Addison Wesley)
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     The Handbook of Artificial Intelligence, Volume IV
Avron Barr, Paul R. Cohen, Edward A. Feigenbaum (eds) (1989, Addison Wesley)
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Boden:

     Computer Models of Mind, Computational Approaches in Theoretical Psych
Margaret A. Boden (1988, Cambridge University Press)
summary, opinion
Cohen:

     The Handbook of Artificial Intelligence, Volume III
Paul R. Cohen, Edward A. Feigenbaum (eds) (1982, Addison Wesley)
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Franklin:

     Artificial Minds
Stan Franklin (1995, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Freedman:

     Brainmakers, How Scientists are Moving Beyond Computers
David H. Freedman (1994, Touchstone)
summary, opinion
French:

     The Subtlety of Sameness
Robert M. French (1995, MIT Press)
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Haykin:

     Neural Networks, A Comprehensive Foundation
Simon Haykin (1999, Prentice Hall)
summary, opinion
McLeod:

     Introduction to Connectionist Modelling of Cognitive Processes
Peter McLeod, Kim Plunkett, Edmund T. Rolls (1998, Oxford University Press)
summary, opinion
Minsky:

     Semantic Information Processing
Marvin Minsky (ed) (1968, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Nilsson:

     Learning Machines
Nils J. Nilsson (1965, McGraw-Hill Book Co)
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Pylyshyn:

     The Robot's Dilemma, The Frame Problem in Artificial Intelligence
Zenon W. Pylyshyn (ed) (1987, Ablex Publishing Corp)
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Rumelhart:

     Parallel Distributed Processing Vol 1. Foundations
David E. Rumelhart, James L. McClelland (eds) (1986, MIT Press)
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     Parallel Distributed Processing Vol 2. Psychological & Biological Models
David E. Rumelhart, James L. McClelland (eds) (1986, MIT Press)
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Anthropology

Scientific American staff:

     Human Ancestors
Scientific American staff (ed), introduction by Glynn Isaac and Richard E. F. Leakey (1960, W. H. Freeman & Co)
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Brain Anatomy/Physiology

Black:

     Information in the Brain: A Molecular Perspective
Ira B. Black (1994, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Calvin:

     Conversations with Neil's Brain
William H. Calvin, George A. Ojemann (1994, Perseus Books)
summary
Carter:

     Mapping the Mind
Rita Carter (1998, Univ CA Press)
summary, opinion
Davis:

     Mapping the Mind, The Secrets of Human Brain and How it Works
Joel Davis (1997, Birch Lane Press)
summary, opinion
Dowling:

     Creating Mind: How the Brain Works
John E. Dowling (1998, W. W. Norton & Co)
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Ehret:

     The Central Auditory System
Günter Ehret, Raymond Romand (eds) (1997, Oxford University Press)
summary, opinion
Gazzaniga:

     Cognitive Neuroscience
Michael S. Gazzaniga (ed) (2000, Blackwell Publishers Ltd)
summary, opinion
     Mind Matters, How Mind and Brain Interact to Create Our Conscious Lives
Michael S. Gazzaniga (1988, Houghton Mifflin Co)
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Llinas:

     The Workings of the Brain: Development, Memory, and Perception
Rodolfo R. Llinas (ed) (1990, W. H. Freeman & Co)
summary, opinion
Mai:

     Atlas of the Human Brain
Juergen K. Mai, Joseph Assheuer, George Paxinos (1997, Academic Press)
summary
Nauta:

     Fundamental Neuroanatomy
Walle J. H. Nauta, Michael Feirtag (1986, W. H. Freeman & Co)
summary, opinion
Scientific American staff:

     The Scientific American Book of the Brain
Scientific American staff (ed), introduction by Antonio R. Damasio (1999, The Lyons Press)
summary
Thompson:

     The Brain, An Introduction to Neuroscience
Richard F. Thompson (1985, W. H. Freeman & Co)
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Traub:

     Fast Oscillations in Cortical Circuits
Roger D. Traub, John G. R. Jefferys, Miles A. Whittington (1999, MIT Press)
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Brain Computation Studies

Abbott:

     Neural Codes and Distributed Representations
Laurence Abbott, Terrence J. Sejnowski (1999, MIT Press)
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Aleksander:

     Neurons and Symbols, The Stuff that Mind is Made Of
Igor Aleksander, Helen Morton (1993, Chapman & Hall)
summary, opinion
Arbib:

     Brains, Machines and Mathematics
Michael A. Arbib (1965, McGraw-Hill Book Co)
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Ballard:

     An Introduction to Natural Computation
Dana H. Ballard (1997, MIT Press)
summary
Churchland:

     The Computational Brain
Patricia S. Churchland, Terrence J. Sejnowski (1992, MIT Press)
summary
Donahoe:

     Neural-Network Models of Cognition
John W. Donahoe, Vivian Packard Dorsel (eds) (1997, Elsevier Science B.V.)
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Houk:

     Models of Information Processing in the Basal Ganglia
James C. Houk, Joel L. Davis, David G. Beiser (eds) (1998, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Marr:

     Vision
David Marr (1982, W. H. Freeman & Co.)
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Wilson:

     Spikes, Decisions, and Actions
Hugh R. Wilson (1999, Oxford Univerity Press)
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Brain Function Theories

Arbib:

     Neural Organization, Structure, Function, and Dynamics
Michael A. Arbib, Péter Érdi, János Szentágothai (1998, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Calvin:

     The Cerebral Code
William H. Calvin (1998, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
     How Brains Think
William H. Calvin (1996, BasicBooks)
summary
Damasio:

     Descartes' Error
Antonio R. Damasio (1994, Avon Books)
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     The Feeling of What Happens
Antonio R. Damasio (1999, Harcourt Brace)
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Edelman:

     Bright Air, Brilliant Fire
Gerald M. Edelman (1992, BasicBooks)
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     Neural Darwinism
Gerald M. Edelman (1987, BasicBooks)
summary
     The Remembered Present
Gerald M. Edelman (1989, BasicBooks)
summary
     A Universe of Consciousness
Gerald M. Edelman (2000, BasicBooks)
summary
Koch:

     Large-Scale Neuronal Theories of the Brain
Christof Koch, Joel L. Davis (eds) (1994, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Minsky:

     The Society of Mind
Marvin Minsky (1985, Simon and Schuster)
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Brain (General)

Edelman:

     The Brain
Gerald M. Edelman, Jean-Pierre Changeux (eds) (2001, Transaction Publishers)
summary, opinion
Kotulak:

     Inside the Brain
Ronald Kotulak (1996, Andrews McMeel)
summary
Schacter:

     Memory, Brain, and Belief
Daniel L. Schacter, Elaine Scarry (eds) (2000, Harvard University Press)
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Biology/Biochemisry

Edelman:

     TopoBiology
Gerald M. Edelman (1988, BasicBooks)
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Lehninger:

     Biochemistry
Albert L. Lehninger (1970, Worth Publishers, Inc)
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Evolution of Humans

Dawkins:

     The Extended Phenotype
Richard Dawkins (1999, Oxford University Press)
summary
     River Out of Eden, A Darwinian View of Life
Richard Dawkins (1995, Basic Books)
summary, opinion
     The Selfish Gene
Richard Dawkins (1976, Oxford University Press)
summary, opinion
Dennett:

     Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Evolution and the Meanings of Life
Daniel C. Dennett (1995, Touchstone)
summary
Sagan:

     The Dragons of Eden, Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence
Carl Sagan (1977, Ballantine Books)
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Evolution of Language

Bickerton:

     Language & Species
Derek Bickerton (1990, University of Chicago Press)
summary
     Language and Human Behavior
Derek Bickerton (1995, Univ of Washington Press)
summary, opinion
Lenneberg:

     Biological Foundations of Language
Eric H. Lenneberg (1967, John Wiley)
summary
Lieberman:

     Eve Spoke
Philip Lieberman (1998, W. W. Norton & Co.)
summary, opinion
Smith:

     The Genesis of Language, A Psycholinguistic Approach
Frank Smith, George A. Miller (eds) (1966, MIT Press)
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The Future of Computing (Speculation)

Gershenfeld:

     When Things Start to Think
Neil Gershenfeld (1999, Henry Holt & Co)
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Kurzweil:

     The Age of Spiritual Machines
Ray Kurzweil (1999, Penguin Books)
summary
Moravec:

     Robot, Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind
Hans Moravec (1999, Oxford University Press)
summary
Paul:

     Beyond Humanity: CyberEvolution and Future Minds
Gregory S. Paul, Earl D. Cox (1996, Charles River Media)
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Linguistics (Semantics)

Jackendoff:

     The Architecture of the Language Faculty
Ray Jackendoff (1997, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
     Consciousness and the Computational Mind
Ray Jackendoff (1987, MIT Press)
summary
     Languages of the Mind, Essays on Mental Representation
Ray Jackendoff (1995, MIT Press)
summary
     Patterns in the Mind
Ray Jackendoff (1994, BasicBooks)
summary
     Semantic Structures
Ray Jackendoff (1990, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
     Semantics and Cognition
Ray Jackendoff (1983, MIT Press)
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Linguistics (Phonetics, Phonology)

Cohen:

     Structure and Process in Speech Perception
A. Cohen, S. G. Nooteboom (eds) (1975, Springer-Verlag)
summary
Cole:

     Perception and Production of Fluent Speech
Ronald A. Cole (ed) (1980, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates)
summary
Denes:

     The Speech Chain, The Physics and Biology of Spoken Language
Peter B. Denes, Elliot N. Pinson (1963, Bell Telephone Laboratories)
summary
Fant:

     Speech Sounds and Features
Gunnar Fant (1973, MIT Press)
summary
Fromkin:

     Phonetic Linguistics, Essays in Honor of Peter Ladefoged
Victoria A. Fromkin (ed) (1985, Academic Press)
summary
Hyman:

     Phonology, Theory and Analysis
Larry M. Hyman, foreword by Victoria A. Fromkin (1975, Holt, Rinehart & Winston)
summary
Jacobson:

     Preliminaries to Speech Analysis
Roman Jacobson, C. Gunnar M. Fant, Morris Halle (1951, MIT Press)
summary
Ladefoged:

     A Course in Phonetics
Peter Ladefoged (1975, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
summary
     Preliminaries to Linguistic Phonetics
Peter Ladefoged (1971, University of Chicago Press)
summary
     Three Areas of Experimental Phonetics
Peter Ladefoged (1967, Oxford University Press)
summary, opinion
Lehiste:

     Readings in Acoustic Phonetics
Ilse Lehiste (ed) (1967, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Olive:

     Acoustics of American English Speech
Joseph P. Olive, Alice Greenwood, John Coleman (1993, Springer Verlag)
summary
Postal:

     Aspects of Phonological Theory
Paul Postal (1968, Harper & Row)
summary, opinion
Pullum:

     Phonetic Symbol Guide
Geoffrey K. Pullum, William A. Ladusaw (1986, University of Chicago Press)
summary
Trubetzkoy:

     Principles of Phonology
N. S. Trubetzkoy, translated by Christiane A. M. Baltaxe (1969, University of Calif Press)
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Linguistics (Syntax)

Bresnan:

     Lexical Functional Syntax
Joan Bresnan (2001, Blackwell Publishers)
summary, opinion
Chomsky:

     Aspects of the Theory of Syntax
Noam Chomsky (1965, MIT Press)
summary
     Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use
Noam Chomsky (1986, Praeger)
summary
     Language and Thought
Noam Chomsky (1993, Moyer Bell)
summary
     Lectures on Government and Binding
Noam Chomsky (1981, Mouton de Gruyter)
summary, opinion
     The Minimalist Program
Noam Chomsky (1995, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
     The Sound Pattern of English
Noam Chomsky, Morris Halle (1968, Harper & Row)
summary
     Syntactic Structures
Noam Chomsky (1957, Mouton)
summary, opinion
Haegeman:

     Introduction to Government & Binding Theory
Liliane Haegeman (1991, Blackwell Publishers)
summary
Halle:

     Linguistic Theory and Psychological Reality
Morris Halle, Joan Bresnan, George A. Miller (eds) (1978, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Hornstein:

     As Time Goes By
Norbert Hornstein (1990, MIT Press)
summary
Jackendoff:

     X-Bar Syntax
Ray Jackendoff (1977, MIT Press)
summary
Kayne:

     The Antisymmetry of Syntax
Richard S. Kayne (1994, MIT Press)
summary
     Connectedness and Binary Branching
Richard S. Kayne (1984, Foris Publications)
summary
Langacker:

     Foundations of Cognitive Grammar, Vol I - Theoretical Prerequisites
Ronald W. Langacker (1987, Stanford University Press)
summary, opinion
     Foundations of Cognitive Grammar, Vol II - Descriptive Application
Ronald W. Langacker (1991, Stanford University Press)
summary
     Language and Its Structure
Ronald W. Langacker (1967, Harcourt Brace)
summary
Langendoen:

     The Study of Syntax
D. Terence Langendoen (1969, Holt, Reinhart and Winston)
summary
Morley:

     Syntax in Functional Grammar
G. David Morley (2000, Continuum)
summary
Poole:

     An Introduction to Linguistics
Stuart C. Poole (1999, St. Martin's Press)
summary
Radford:

     Linguistics: An Introduction
Andrew Radford, Martin Atkinson, David Britain, Harald Clahsen, Andrew Spencer (1999, Cambridge Universoty Press)
summary, opinion
ter Meulen:

     Representing Time in Natural Language
Alice G. B. ter Meulen (1995, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Waterman:

     Perspectives in Linguistics
John T. Waterman (1963, University of Chicago Press)
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Language Processing (Words & Meaning)

Altmann:

     Cognitive Models of Speech Processing
Gerry T. M. Altmann (ed) (1990, MIT Press)
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Charniak:

     Statistical Language Learning
Eugene Charniak (1993, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Pereira:

     Natural Language Processing
Fernando C. N. Pereira, Barbara J. Grosz (eds) (1993, MIT Press)
summary
Reichman:

     Getting Computers to Talk Like You and Me
Rachel Reichman (1985, MIT Press)
summary
Smith:

     Computers and Human Language
George W. Smith (1991, Oxford University Press)
summary
Winograd:

     Understanding Natural Language
Terry Winograd (1972, Academic Press)
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Language Processing (Neurology)

Kimura:

     Neuromotor Mechanisms in Human Communication
Doreen Kimura (1993, Oxford University Press)
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Mathematics

Pierce:

     Symbols, Signals and Noise
J. R. Pierce (1961, Harper & Row)
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Philosophy

Carnap:

     Meaning and Necessity
Rudolf Carnap (1947, University of Chicago Press)
summary
Chalmers:

     The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory
David J. Chalmers (1996, Oxford University Press)
summary, opinion
Churchland:

     Matter and Consciousness
Paul M. Churchland (1988, MIT Press)
summary
Crick:

     The Astonishing Hypothesis
Francis Crick (1994, Charles Scribner's Sons)
summary
Dennett:

     BrainChildren, Essays on Designing Minds
Daniel C. Dennett (1998, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
     Consciousness Explained
Daniel C. Dennett (1991, Little, Brown & Co)
summary, opinion
     Content and Consciousness
Daniel C. Dennett (1986, Routledge & Kegan Paul)
summary
Fodor:

     The Mind Doesn't Work That Way
Jerry Fodor (2000, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
     Concepts, Where Cognitive Science Went Wrong
Jerry A. Fodor (1998, Clarendon Press)
summary
     The Elm and the Expert
Jerry A. Fodor (1994, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
     Psychosemantics, The Problem of Meaning in the Philosophy of Mind
Jerry A. Fodor (1987, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Ford:

     Android Epistemology
Kenneth M. Ford, Clark Glymore, Patrick J. Hayes (eds) (1995, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Hobson:

     Consciousness
J. Allan Hobson (1999, W. H. Freeman & Co.)
summary
Ito:

     Cognition, Computation and Consciousness
Masao Ito, Yasushi Miyashita, Edmund T. Rolls (eds) (1997, Oxford University Press)
summary
Kant:

     Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime
Emmanuel Kant, translated by John T. Goldthwait (1965, University of Calif Press)
summary
McGinn:

     The Mysterious Flame
Colin McGinn (1999, BasicBooks)
summary
Monod:

     Chance and Necessity
Jacques Monod, translated by Austryn Wainhouse (1971, Alfred A. Knopf)
summary
Penrose:

     The Emperor's New Mind
Roger Penrose (1989, Penguin Books)
summary
     The Large, the Small and the Human Mind
Roger Penrose, Abner Shimony, Nancy Cartwright, Stephen Hawking (1997, Cambridge Univ Press)
summary
Quine:

     Word & Object
Willard Van Orman Quine (1960, MIT Press)
summary
Rosenblueth:

     Mind and Brain: A Philosophy of Science
Arturo Rosenblueth (1970, MIT Press)
summary
Ryle:

     The Concept of Mind
Gilbert Ryle (1949, Barnes & Noble)
summary
Searle:

     Expression and Meaning, Studies in the Theory of Speech Acts
John R. Searle (1979, Cambridge University Press)
summary
     The Mystery of Consciousness
John R. Searle (1997, New York Review of Books)
summary, opinion
     Speech Acts
John R. Searle (1969, Cambridge University Press)
summary, opinion
Shear:

     Explaining Consciousness, The Hard Problem
Jonathan Shear (ed) (1995, MIT Press)
summary
Spinoza:

     Principles of Cartesian Philosophy
Baruch Spinoza, translated by Harry E. Wedeck (1961, Philosophical Library)
summary
Tye:

     Ten Problems of Consciousness
Michael Tye (1999, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Wittgenstein:

     Philosophical Investigations
Ludwig Wittgenstein, translated by G. E. M. Anscombe (1953, The Macmillan Company)
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Psychology

Anderson:

     The Atomic Components of Thought
John R. Anderson, Christian Lebiere (1998, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates)
summary
     Learning and Memory
John R. Anderson (2000, John Wiley & Sons)
summary, opinion
Broadbent:

     The Simulation of Human Intelligence
Donald Broadbent (ed) (1993, Blackwell Publishers)
summary, opinion
Johnston:

     Why We Feel: The Science of Human Emotions
Victor S. Johnston (1999, Perseus Books)
summary, opinion
Jourdan:

     Music, The Brain, and Ecstasy
Robert Jourdan (1997, Avon Books)
summary, opinion
Ornstein:

     The Evolution of Consciousness
Robert Ornstein (1991, Simon & Schuster)
summary
     The Psychology of Consciousness
Robert Ornstein (1972, Penguin Books)
summary
Palmer:

     Vision Science, Photons to Phenomenology
Stephen E. Palmer (1999, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Pinker:

     How the Mind Works
Steven Pinker (1997, W. W. Norton & Co.)
summary, opinion
     The Language Instinct, How the Mind Creates Language
Steven Pinker (1994, William Morrow & Co)
summary, opinion
     Learnability and Cognition
Steven Pinker (1989, MIT Press)
summary, opinion
Shank:

     Computer Models of Thought and Language
Roger C. Shank, Kenneth Mark Colby (eds) (1973, W. H. Freeman & Co)
summary
Solso:

     Mind & Brain Sciences in the 21st Century
Robert L. Solso (ed) (1999, MIT Press)
summary
Wilber:

     Eye to Eye
Ken Wilber (1983, Shabhala Publications Inc)
summary, opinion

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Speech Processing (Synth & Recog)

Flanagan:

     Speech Synthesis
James L. Flanagan, Lawrence R. Rabiner (eds) (1973, Dowden, Hutchinson & Ross)
summary, opinion
Hess:

     Pitch Determination of Speech Signals
Wolfgang Hess (1983, Springer Verlag)
summary
Markel:

     Linear Prediction of Speech
J D. Markel, A. H. Gray, Jr. (1976, Springer Verlag)
summary
O'Shaughnessy:

     Speech Communication Human and Machine
Douglas O'Shaughnessy (1987, Addison Wesley Publishing)
summary
Perkell:

     Invariance and Variability in Speech Processes
Joseph S. Perkell, Dennis H. Klatt (eds) (1986, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates)
summary

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