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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: The Theory of Phonosemantic Space Add Dissertation
Author: Andrei Mikhalev Update Dissertation
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Institution: Krasnodar State University, Doctoral Dissertation Council
Completed in: 1995
Linguistic Subfield(s): Psycholinguistics;
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard

Abstract: The first part of this study is a critical survey of the foundations of Sound-Sense linguistics, or phonosemantics. The theory of phonosemantics is based on a synthesis of glottogenetic studies (onomatopoeic and sound symbolic theories of language origin), experimental data from psychology and physiology, and the results of psycholinguistic investigations of language acquisition and poetics, and it draws on the achievements of general semiotics. The main thesis emerging from this survey is the genetic motivation of sounds as the primary signifying substance of language.

Part II treats the problem of the minimal meaningful units in language. A central topic is a critical analysis of the concept 'root morpheme'.

The commonly accepted definition of the morpheme as the smallest meaningful unit can be restated in semiotic terms as a 'minimal sign', which implies an indispensable presence of a content not susceptible of division into smaller units of the same order. Both the semantic and the formal aspects of the traditional morpheme have been subjects of a great deal of discussion.

Part III of the book deals with the problem of the semiogenetic mechanism, whose point of departure is the sound-expressive (iconic) meaning, i.e. a meaning symbolized by an articulated sound.

Part IV of the book describes the category of 'phonosemantic space' and its systematic and structural properties.

Part V suggests a new approach to the philosophical problem of naming and meaning. The reflections presented here are inspired by the recently published works of the greatest Russian philosopher of the twentieth century A.F.Lossev 'The Philosophy of Names' and 'Thing and Name'.