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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: Constructional Effects of Involuntary and Inanimate Agents: A cross-linguistic study Add Dissertation
Author: Stefanie Fauconnier Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Leuven, Doctoral School of Linguistics
Completed in: 2012
Linguistic Subfield(s): Typology;
Director(s): Jean-Christophe Verstraete

Abstract: This dissertation investigates morpho-syntactic phenomena associated with
the presence of involuntary and inanimate Agents. On the basis of a 200
language sample, it is argued that these phenomena are very diverse
cross-linguistically. They do not only include the use of special case
marking (Differential Agent Marking), but also the use of verbal markers
normally associated with anticausative voice or completive aspect. Apart
from describing these phenomena, the dissertation also investigates how
they can be explained from a functional perspective.

The results of this study can have implications for linguistic theory. It
is argued, for instance, that the relationship between the Agent and the
Patient role is not one of polar opposites, as is often assumed, and that
the Silverstein Hierarchy has a number of important flaws.