The Gift of Speech

The Gift of Speech : Papers in the Analysis of Speech and Voice

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The 20 articles in this book, four previously unpublished, have been taken from a wide variety of books and journals. As well as examining what makes one speaker's voice different from another's, they give an account of the different sorts of information (social, physical and psychological) about the speaker that are conveyed by the voice, and how voice pathology can be assessed scientifically. Two papers on the history of voice analysis from Cicero to the present are also included. Meticulous observation of speech and voice data are combined with an objective and reliable theory of speech production. The book takes an interdisciplinary approach, using techniques from the life sciences, the communication sciences and the more

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 33mm | 839.16g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 51 illustrations, index
  • 0748603131
  • 9780748603138

Table of contents

Part 1 Speech production: the production of speech; slips of the tongue; the detection and correction of slips of the tongue; neurolinguistic aspects of speech production; monitoring systems in the neurolinguistic control of speech production; slips of the tongue as neuromuscular evidence for a model of speech production; cognitive science and speech. Part 2 The description of voice quality: language and nonverbal communication; voice quality and indexical information; the semiotic nature of phonetic data; labels for voices; the description of voice quality in general phonetic theory; describing the normal voice; phonetic and linguistic markers on speech; a perceptual protocol for the analysis of vocal profiles; structural pathologies of the vocal folds and phonation; an acoustic system for the detection of laryngeal pathology; acoustic waveform perturbations and voice disorders; the analysis of vocal quality - from the classical period to the 20th century; the concept of articulatory settings - an historical more