ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000
ISCA Archive ICSLP 2000

Contrastive lateral clicks and variation in click types

Amanda Miller-Ockhuizen, Bonny E. Sands

We report on a new click type found in Mangetti Dune !Xung (M.D. !Xung) - a forward released denti-alveolar lateral click, transcribed [ ||| ]. We present acoustic data showing that ||| is distinct from the "typical" lateral (post-) alveolar ||, and the central (post-) alveolar !, a conclusion supported by synchronic and diachronic analyses of Northern Khoisan [1, 2].

We use Adaptive Dispersion [3] to account for acoustic differences seen between || in !Xung and Ju|’hoansi, a related language without the ||| click.

The ! click is distinct from both ||| and || lateral clicks in rise time till peak intensity [4, 5], burst duration and peak burst frequency, while ||| and || differ primarily in terms of rise time and peak intensity.

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Miller-Ockhuizen, Amanda and Bonny E. Sands. (1999). "!Kung as a linguistic construct". Language and Communication 19/4. June 1999. pp. 401-413.

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Cite as: Miller-Ockhuizen, A., Sands, B.E. (2000) Contrastive lateral clicks and variation in click types. Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000), vol. 2, 499-502

@inproceedings{millerockhuizen00_icslp,
  author={Amanda Miller-Ockhuizen and Bonny E. Sands},
  title={{Contrastive lateral clicks and variation in click types}},
  year=2000,
  booktitle={Proc. 6th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000)},
  pages={vol. 2, 499-502}
}