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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: Causality and Connectives: A study on Modern Greek 'γiati' and 'epeiδi' Add Dissertation
Author: Valandis Bardzokas Update Dissertation
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Institution: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2010
Linguistic Subfield(s): Pragmatics;
Subject Language(s): Greek, Modern
Director(s): Elly Ifantidou
Eliza Kitis
Ioannis Veloudis

Abstract: The current thesis undertakes a pragmatic exploration of the finely-grained
distinctions in meaning between the two prototypical causal subordinators
in Modern Greek with the widest range of application in discourse: 'γiati'
and 'epeiδi'. By way of reaction to the problems besetting the
implementation of the Gricean model of meaning analysis in the causal
investigation conducted and, also, in acknowledgment of the requirement for
a more cognitively realistic orientation of pragmatic analysis, an
alternative view is offered in terms of the versatile, as it turns out,
methodological apparatus that relevance theory seems to afford in the
interest of detailed descriptions of meaning. The present description of
causal meaning relies on the major distinction in interpretation that has
been designed in this framework as a point of reference in classifications
of discourse markers, i.e. conceptual vs. procedural encoding, and has been
regularly employed in this direction in the relevant literature. In this
line of argumentation, it is shown that, contrary to expectations based on
first impressions, the two connectives under scrutiny are not
interchangeable in context. Rather, it transpires from a range of
contextual uses that 'epeiδi' represents the marker of causality par
excellence encoding conceptual relations between propositionally explicit
clauses, while 'γiati' serves as a multi-functional marker that can act
either conceptually or procedurally, though in mutually exclusive terms.