15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


An Instrumental Analysis of Focus and Juncture in Warlpiri

Andrew Butcher (1), Jonathan Harrington (2)

(1) Flinders University, Australia
(2) University of Kiel, Germany

Two indigenous speakers of the Central Australian language Warlpiri produced dialogues that were designed to elicit two types of contrast: between phrase-initially focused and phrase-finally non-focused words; and between two phonemically equivalent lexical-items that either spanned a full word-boundary or were separated by a morpheme boundary in a compound. Focusing was marked by lengthening of the rhyme and supralaryngeal expansion, principally of the consonant of the rhyme, while the word/morpheme boundary distinction resulted in timing differences both preceding and following the boundary. The contrasts at these two levels were maintained independently of each other. We discuss these effects in terms of hierarchical prosodic models and hyperarticulation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Butcher, Andrew / Harrington, Jonathan (2003): "An instrumental analysis of focus and juncture in Warlpiri", In ICPhS-15, 321-324.