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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: Common West Caucasian. The reconstruction of its phonological system and parts of its lexicon and morphology Add Dissertation
Author: Viacheslav Chirikba Update Dissertation
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Institution: Universiteit Leiden, Holland Institute of Generative Linguistics
Completed in: 1996
Linguistic Subfield(s): Historical Linguistics;
Language Family(ies): Northwest Caucasian
Director(s): Rieks Smeets
Frederik Kortlandt

Abstract: The dissertation deals with the reconstruction of Common West Caucasian, the postulated proto-language of the West Caucasian (Abkhazo-Adyghean) languages, Abkhaz, Circassian and the recently extinct Ubykh. The book contains a synchronous description of the phonetic systems of all West Caucasian dialects and presents intermediary reconstructions of the Proto-Abkhaz, Proto-Circassian and Proto-Ubykh phonemic systems. The reconstructed intermediary proto-languages serve as a basis for the reconstruction of Common West Caucasian. Besides phonology, the book treats also certain aspects of the morphology (nominal and verbal affixation, ablaut) and the lexicon of Common West Caucasian. Finally, the author touches upon the problem of the external relations of Common West Caucasian, namely, with the East Caucasian (or Nakh-Daghestanian) languages, and with the long extinct Hattic language of ancient Asia Minor (early second millennium B.C.).