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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: Corpus Study of Tense, Aspect, and Modality in Diglossic Speech in Cairene Arabic Add Dissertation
Author: Ola Moshref Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2012
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics;
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
Language Family(ies): Semitic
Director(s): Eyamba Bokamba
Marina Terkourafi
Rakesh Bhatt
Abbas Benmamoun

Abstract: Morpho-syntactic features of Modern Standard Arabic mix intricately with
those of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic in ordinary speech. I study the
lexical, phonological and syntactic features of verb phrase morphemes and
constituents in different tenses, aspects, moods. A corpus of over 3000
phrases was collected from religious, political/economic and sports
interviews on four Egyptian satellite TV channels. The computational
analysis of the data shows that systematic and content morphemes from both
varieties of Arabic combine in principled ways. Syntactic considerations
play a critical role with regard to the frequency and direction of
code-switching between the negative marker, subject, or complement on one
hand and the verb on the other. Morph-syntactic constraints regulate
different types of discourse but more formal topics may exhibit more mixing
between Colloquial aspect or future markers and Standard verbs.