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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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Dissertation Information


Title: Building a Phonological Lexicon. The acquisition of the Dutch voicing contrast in perception and production Add Dissertation
Author: Suzanne van der Feest Update Dissertation
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Homepage: http://suzanne.vanderfeest.nl
Institution: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2007
Linguistic Subfield(s): Phonology; Psycholinguistics; Language Acquisition;
Subject Language(s): Dutch
Director(s): Paula Fikkert
Anne Cutler

Abstract: This dissertation investigates how Dutch children acquire the difference
between voiced and voiceless stops, and how this contrast is represented in
their early lexical representations. The dissertation gives an overview of
recent insights on lexical representations coming from perception
experiments, as well as an overview of phonological theory on voicing
contrasts across different languages.

The acquisition of the Dutch voicing contrast is investigated in perception
as well as production. Phonological acquisition is addressed from a
theoretical phonological perspective, using psycholinguistic methods.
Preferential looking perception experiments were conducted, testing the
perception of voice and place contrasts in 20- and 24-month-olds. The
results show asymmetries in the perception of both voice and place
mispronunciations. The results of the perception and production studies
combined are argued to form evidence for underspecified early lexical
representations.