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Voice Quality
The Laryngeal Articulator Model


Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108498425

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  • The first description of voice quality production in forty years, this book provides a new framework for its study: The Laryngeal Articulator Model. Informed by instrumental examinations of the laryngeal articulatory mechanism, it revises our understanding of articulatory postures to explain the actions, vibrations and resonances generated in the epilarynx and pharynx. It focuses on the long-term auditory-articulatory component of accent in the languages of the world, explaining how voice quality relates to segmental and syllabic sounds. Phonetic illustrations of phonation types and of laryngeal and oral vocal tract articulatory postures are provided. Extensive video and audio material is available on a companion website. The book presents computational simulations, the laryngeal and voice quality foundations of infant speech acquisition, speech/voice disorders and surgeries that entail compensatory laryngeal articulator adjustment, and an exploration of the role of voice quality in sound change and of the larynx in the evolution of speech.

    • Includes phonetic illustrations of phonation types and laryngeal states obtained using laryngoscopy, ultrasound, cineradiography, and MRI
    • A companion website with a comprehensive set of video and audio files provides students and instructors access to a unique data set that illustrates how the lower vocal tract works and what sounds it generates
    • Includes specific search terms so readers can find video and audio posts of pop-culture voices (actors, singers, announcers, comedians and politicians), assembled together for the first time, with descriptions of their voice qualities
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108498425
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 82 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Voice and voice quality
    2. Voice quality classification
    3. Instrumental case studies and computational simulations of voice quality
    4. Linguistic, paralinguistic and extralinguistic illustrations of voice quality
    5. Phonological implications of voice quality theory
    6. Infant acquisition of speech and voice quality
    7. Clinical illustrations of voice quality
    8. Laryngeal articulation and voice quality in sound change, language ontogeny.

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    Voice Quality

    John H. Esling, Scott R. Moisik, Allison Benner, Lise Crevier-Buchman

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  • Authors

    John H. Esling, University of Victoria, British Columbia
    John H. Esling is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

    Scott R. Moisik, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    Scott R. Moisik is Assistant Professor in the Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

    Allison Benner, University of Victoria, British Columbia
    Allison Benner is Humanities and Fine Arts Co-op Coordinator at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

    Lise Crevier-Buchman, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
    Lise Crevier-Buchman is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS), Paris.

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