14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999


Tonal Alignment in Mayali

Judith Bishop, Janet Fletcher, Nicholas Evans

University of Melbourne, Australia

This study addresses two key areas of intonational research, (1) the scope of typological variation in intonational phenomena, and (2) the description of tonal alignment and timing, as they relate to two dialects of the Mayali language, Manyallaluk Mayali and Gun-djeihmi, spoken in Northern Australia. Some evidence of alignment patterns in pitch accent timing similar to those reported for intonation languages such as English and Swedish was found for the two dialects. Thus peak delay was significantly correlated with overall syllable duration, though further analysis of Manyallaluk Mayali suggested the degree of correlation depended on whether the peak fell on the initial or second syllable of the accented foot. There was no consistent effect of nuclearity on peak delay, though for Manyallaluk Mayali again this seemed to depend on the location of the peak within the foot.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bishop, Judith / Fletcher, Janet / Evans, Nicholas (1999): "Tonal alignment in Mayali", In ICPhS-14, 2371-2374.