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Voice Quality

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

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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Let's Talk

By David Crystal

Let's Talk "Explores the factors that motivate so many different kinds of talk and reveals the rules we use unconsciously, even in the most routine exchanges of everyday conversation."

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Dissertation Information

Title: Co-constructing Competence: Turn construction and repair in novice-to-novice second language interaction Add Dissertation
Author: Donald Carroll Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of York, Communication Studies
Completed in: 2006
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics;
Director(s): John Local
Tony Wootton

Abstract: The thesis examines a broad spectrum of practices and phenomena implicated
in the construction of turns-at-talk in (Japanese) novice-to-novice English
as a second language interaction. Two major themes explored in this thesis
are the moment-by-moment emergent nature of novice L2 turn construction and
the roles played by a variety of embodied displays in the unfolding
interaction. The initial analytic chapter (Ch. 4) examines the types of
turn constructions produced by these speakers and oriented to as complete
by next speakers in addition to several phenomena located in and around TCU
beginnings. Chapter 5 examines instances of backwards-oriented
self-repair, while Chapter 6 and 7 detail a range of practices involved in
the initiation, management, and resolution of forward-oriented self-repair.
Chapter 8 looks at how these novice L2 participants dealt with the
exigencies of turn completion.

Among the major findings of this thesis are several forms of evidence that
these novice second language participants are, in reality, extremely
sophisticated and experienced social interactants who bring with them to
this talk in a second language a host of previously acquired interactional
skills. Other findings include observations on the use of embodied displays
in the initiation, management, and resolution of self-repair and the use of
vowel-marking as a strategic resource within the activity of forward
repair. This thesis also presents key support for the claim that
inter-turn silences in talk by-and-with nonnative speakers should be
treated as interactionally motivated as they are in native speaker talk.