|Title:||A Grammar of Gestural Coordination|
|Comment:||revised version of a circulated ms.|
|Abstract:||Linguistic form is expressed in space, as articulators effect
constrictions 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.