Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

The Effects of Prosodic Context and Word Position on Gupapuyngu Vowels

Simone Graetzer, John Hajek, Janet Fletcher

School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

This paper presents an acoustical analysis of vowels in a Northern Australian language, Gupapuyngu, in order to investigate whether vowels in CVCV words differ according to prosodic prominence and word position. It is shown that back vowels are produced with a narrower constriction when prosodically prominent and word-initial. However, in general, vowels tend not to be hyperarticulated under conditions of word-initial prosodic prominence. These results are interpreted in terms of perceptual distinctiveness and articulatory strengthening.

Index Terms: Australian, Gupapuyngu, acoustics, vowel

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Graetzer, Simone / Hajek, John / Fletcher, Janet (2012): "The effects of prosodic context and word position on Gupapuyngu vowels", In SP-2012, 91-94.