9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

Central Vowels in Arrernte: Metrical Prominence and Pitch Accent

Marija Tabain (1), Kristine Rickard (1), Gavan Breen (2), Veronica Dobson (2)

(1) La Trobe University, Australia; (2) Institute for Aboriginal Development, Australia

This paper presents duration and formant data for the central vowels /@/ (schwa) and /a/ in Arrernte, a central Australian language. Results show that /@/ has a shorter duration and higher position in the vowel space in metrically prominent syllables, whereas /a/ has a longer duration and no change in formant structure. By contrast, effects of pitch accent are minimal for both vowels.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tabain, Marija / Rickard, Kristine / Breen, Gavan / Dobson, Veronica (2008): "Central vowels in Arrernte: metrical prominence and pitch accent", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 1122.