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Voice Quality "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."

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Dissertation Information

Title: The Structure of NP Coordination Add Dissertation
Author: José Camacho Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Southern California, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 1997
Linguistic Subfield(s): Syntax;
Director(s): Joseph Aoun
Barry Schein

Abstract: This dissertation discusses the structure of coordinate constituents. Two general observations guide the analysis: first, conjunctions are propositional entities that reflect sentential events. Second, the conjuncts have the same status: they are both specifiers. Once these two ideas are brought together, the structure of conjoined phrases becomes similar to that of other phrases, and at the same time its crucial properties are accounted for. In essence, the structure of conjoined phrases involves duplicating an inflectional node: the higher part of it is headed by a lexically unspecified category (the conjunction) which inherits its properties from the lower part, which is a regular node (tense, aspect, agreement, etc.) The specifier of each of these nodes host a conjunct.

The proposal leads to revise several areas of syntax: agreement, feature-checking, etc. I explore empirical evidence in favor of the hypothesis presented, such as partial agreement, switch-reference phenomena, coordination and aspect interaction, etc.