Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 269–337 | Cite as

A Grammar of Gestural Coordination

  • Adamantios I. Gafos


Linguistic form is expressed in space, as articulators effectconstrictions at various points in the vocal tract, but also in time, as articulators move. A rather widespread assumption in theories of phonology and phonetics is that the temporal dimension of speech is largely irrelevant to the description and explanation of the higher-level or more qualitative aspects of sound patterns. The argument is presented that any theory of phonology must include a notion of temporal coordination of gestures. Linguistic grammars are constructed in part out of this temporal substance. Language-particular sound patterns are in part patterns of temporal coordination among gestures.1


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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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