The Phonetic Description of Voice Quality by John LaverThe Phonetic Description of Voice Quality by John Laver

The Phonetic Description of Voice Quality

byJohn Laver

Paperback | March 23, 2009

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The importance of an individual's voice in everyday social interaction can scarcely be overestimated. It is an essential element in the listener's analysis of the speaker's physical, psychological and social characteristics. Differences in voice quality reflect different habitual adjustments, or settings, of the vocal apparatus. Individual consonant and vowel segments can be thought of as momentary actions superimposed on these settings and voice quality, as the characteristic sound of a speaker's voice, thus pervades and to a certain extent determines the phonetic character of these linguistic segments. This volume sets out a phonetic description of voice quality, which has largely been neglected in other studies. Dr Laver's integrative approach is a major advance in general phonetic theory and his standardisation of descriptive terminology for the voice will be welcomed by those working in the fields of speech therapy, speech pathology, social psychology and communications engineering, as well as by students and specialists in speech science, phonetics and phonology.
Title:The Phonetic Description of Voice QualityFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:200 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.47 inShipping dimensions:9.02 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:March 23, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521108896

ISBN - 13:9780521108898


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Basic analytic concepts; 2. Supralaryngeal settings; 3. Phonatory settings; 4. Tension settings; 5. Labels and notation for phonetic settings; References; Index.