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LINGUIST List 23.5343

Tue Dec 18 2012

Books: Quantitative approaches to problems in linguistics: Donohue, Ishihara, Steed (Eds)

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 11-Dec-2012
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Quantitative approaches to problems in linguistics: Donohue, Ishihara, Steed (Eds)
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Title: Quantitative approaches to problems in linguistics
Subtitle: Studies in honour of Phil Rose
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Phonetics 08

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Book URL: http://lincom-shop.eu/shop/article_11165%2BISBN%2B9783862883844/LSPh-08%3A-Quantitative-approaches-to-problems-in-linguistics.html?pse=apq

Editor: Cathryn Donohue
Editor: Shunichi Ishihara
Editor: William Steed

Hardback: ISBN: 9783862883844 Pages: 300 Price: Europe EURO 158.00


This collection of eighteen papers is a festschrift volume to honour Phil Rose
on the occasion of his recent retirement from the Australian National
University. Phil’s work in both tonal acoustics and forensic voice comparison
has always improved upon the accepted standards through the insistence on
rigorous statistical analyses and the introduction of techniques not
previously employed in the field.

The contributors to the volume take the type of quantitative approach espoused
by Phil and apply it to problems in linguistics, presenting
statistically-founded solutions. The first six papers cover tones: the
environments in which they occur, tonal acoustics of North-central Vietnamese,
and of two Japanese varieties, the application of tonal acoustics to Qingtian
morphotonemics, tonal identification in Fuzhou, and tone alternations in
Ugong. Additionally there are three papers on vowel changes in Chinese,
Japanese phonological acquisition, and the phonological systems of Australian

The second section groups together six papers on forensic voice comparison
(FVC), some using Phil’s general Bayesian approach to FVC. These include a
tutorial on linear-scaling effects of phonetic context on vowel formants, the
implications for FVC of formant frequencies over the phone in Japanese, an
approach to automatic speaker identification using the magnitude and phase
spectra of inverse-filtered voice speech, FVC in Chinese using /iau/, and a
final paper applying the general approach to the challenges of Language
Analysis used to Determine the Origin of people applying for refugee status

The final section consists of three papers on topics outside these areas but
which have nonetheless been influenced by Phil and his work. They include a
paper on UG and variation in expression, another on contextualizing the Old
Javanese influence on Old Japanese, as well as a lexical-conceptual analysis
of ‘eating’ and ‘drinking’ in two varieties of Chinese.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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