The Articulation of contrastive and non-contrastive pre-stopped consonants in Kaytetye

Susan Lin, Mark Harvey, Myf Turpin, Alison Ross, Katherine Demuth

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    Kaytetye is an Australian language with a unique combination of phonemic pre-stopping in its nasals series, as well as non-contrastive pre-stopping in its lateral series. In this paper, we describe two phonetic correlates of pre-stopping in Kaytetye, segmental duration and extent of tongue movement. With nasals, pre-stopped segments are longer and have greater tongue movement than their plain counterparts. Neither of these patterns holds for laterals. We interpret these differences in light of their phonemic status.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
    Editors The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherInternational Phonetic Association
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9780852619414
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventInternational congress of phonetic sciences (18th : 2015) - Glasgow, UK
    Duration: 10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015


    ConferenceInternational congress of phonetic sciences (18th : 2015)
    CityGlasgow, UK

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    • Speech articulation
    • Ultrasound
    • Coronal consonants
    • Kaytetye
    • Arandic language family


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