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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: Combinatorial Semantics and Idiomatic Expressions in Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar Add Dissertation
Author: Manfred Sailer Update Dissertation
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Homepage: http://user.uni-frankfurt.de/~sailer
Institution: Universität Tübingen, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2000
Linguistic Subfield(s): Semantics;
Subject Language(s): English
Director(s): Jürgen Pafel
Erhard Hinrichs
Friedrich Hamm
Uwe Mönnich

Abstract: This thesis focusses on the interaction of regularity and irregularity
in combinatorial semantics, i.e., in the interpretation of complex
syntactic structures are interpreted. The empirical domain of the
study lies within the varying degree of syntactic and semantic
regularity apparent in the continuum between free combinations (''read
a book''), (more or less flexible) idiomatic expressions (''spill the
beans''), and fully fixed expressions (''trip the light fantastic'').

The thesis extends the architecture of grammar of Head-Driven Phrase
Structure Grammar (Pollard and Sag 1994) with a model-theoretic
semantics and with an irregularity module. The former is located in
the CONTENT value of a linguistic sign, the latter in the value of a
new feature, COLL (Context Of Lexical Licensing).

It will be argued that the new architecture for semantics has
considerable advantages over the architecture of Pollard and Sag 1994,
and that the treatment of idiomatic expressions meets the requirement
for an integrated treatment of regularity and irregularity in natural
language.