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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: Towards a theory of Gesture Form Analysis. Imaginary forms as part of gesture conceptualisation, with empirical support from motion-capture data Add Dissertation
Author: Julius Hassemer Update Dissertation
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Institution: Rheinische-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Researches in Applied Linguistics
Completed in: 2016
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics;
Director(s): Irene Mittelberg
Cornelia Müller
Klaus Willmes-von Hinckeldey

Abstract: This dissertation presents the theory and application of Gesture Form Analysis, which systematises necessary processes of spatial conceptualisation for understanding a specific gesture type (pointing, drawing, representing etc.). Eight gesture form operations are proposed, which are combined in a modular fashion. They are applied in the analysis of gestures of the dissertation corpus and of other literature. The gesture type Pointing At Location is composed of the operations Articulator Profiling (e.g., straight extended arm, hand and index), Shape Profiling (the predominant axis, a line, is profiled), Continuation (the line is continued, indicating a direction), and Intersection (the line intersects with the surface of an object in a point: the location pointed at). The gesture type Drawing—while otherwise containing the same operations as Pointing At Location—requires adding the operation of Trace Leaving (by moving the arm, and hence all the other forms created by the above operations, the point leaves a trace in form of a line). The geometrical operations of Gesture Form Analysis (and the constituent forms specified in parentheses) consider specifically the spatial modality of gesture, taking a first step towards a strictly form-based gesture semantics. The systematic analysis of operations across gesture types results in a gesture typology, in which the dimensions of all constituent forms are defined; thus being open to computational application. The fundamental theoretical distinction of gesture form being non-equivalent to the mere physical form of the articulators (articulator form) is supported by an object-description study in an optical motion-capture system. The methods include operationalising three-dimensional gesture data, for example by a plugin for the video-annotation software Elan.