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Tue Dec 18 2012

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

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Date: 11-Dec-2012
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Subject: Quantitative approaches to problems in linguistics: Donohue, Ishihara, Steed (Eds)
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Title: Quantitative approaches to problems in linguisticsSubtitle: Studies in honour of Phil RoseSeries Title: LINCOM Studies in Phonetics 08

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: Lincom GmbH

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Editor: Cathryn DonohueEditor: Shunichi IshiharaEditor: William Steed

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


This collection of eighteen papers is a festschrift volume to honour Phil Roseon the occasion of his recent retirement from the Australian NationalUniversity. Phil’s work in both tonal acoustics and forensic voice comparisonhas always improved upon the accepted standards through the insistence onrigorous statistical analyses and the introduction of techniques notpreviously employed in the field.

The contributors to the volume take the type of quantitative approach espousedby Phil and apply it to problems in linguistics, presentingstatistically-founded solutions. The first six papers cover tones: theenvironments in which they occur, tonal acoustics of North-central Vietnamese,and of two Japanese varieties, the application of tonal acoustics to Qingtianmorphotonemics, tonal identification in Fuzhou, and tone alternations inUgong. Additionally there are three papers on vowel changes in Chinese,Japanese phonological acquisition, and the phonological systems of Australianlanguages.

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

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

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics Phonetics

Written In: English (eng)

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