Contrastive and Non-contrastive Pre-stopping in Kaytetye

Mark Harvey, Susan Lin, Myfany Turpin, Ben Davies, Katherine Demuth

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    Kaytetye is one of the few Australian languages for which pre-stopping is contrastive for nasals. This paper provides the first quantitative data on the phonetic realization of contrastive pre-stopping for any Australian language. It also provides data on the hitherto unreported non-contrastive pre-stopping of laterals in Kaytetye. The findings demonstrate that contrastive nasal pre-stopping and non-contrastive lateral pre-stopping differ on three parameters: (a) the conditioning on the distribution of plain vs. pre-stopped realizations; (b) the comparative overall durations of pre-stopped realizations compared to plain realizations; and (c) the duration of pre-stopping.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)232-250
    Number of pages19
    JournalAustralian Journal of Linguistics
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015


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