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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 "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: The mechanics of indirectness: A case study of directive speech acts Add Dissertation
Author: Nicolas Ruytenbeek Update Dissertation
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Institution: Université Libre de Bruxelles, Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique, Linguistics
Completed in: 2017
Linguistic Subfield(s): Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Cognitive Science;
Subject Language(s): English
Director(s): Mikhail Kissine

Abstract: This dissertation investigates the comprehension of indirect requests (IRs). Focusing on English and French, it proposes that IRs such as Can you + verbal phrase (for short, Can you VP?) achieve an optimal communicative efficiency because, while they entail extra processing costs, they match the expected level of politeness in many contexts. The approach taken combines Talmy’s force dynamic semantics with a traditional perspective in philosophy of language drawing on speech act theory.