This paper presents results from an ongoing investigation into stop consonants in Waima'a, focusing on the issue of tense v. lax ejectives. Sources tend to describe ejectives in a given language as either tense or lax; however ejectives in Waima'a, do not fit squarely into either category . Here we compare ejectives in word-initial and word-medial contexts, to specifically address the role of word-position in the tense/lax distinction. Results show that word-position affects the duration of all stop types analyzed, i.e. unaspirated, post-aspirated, & ejective stops. Variability amongst the ejective tokens suggests that the notion of a tense/lax dichotomy should be replaced instead with that of a tense/lax continuum.
Bibliographic reference. Stevens, Mary / Hajek, John (2008): "Positional effects on the characterization of ejectives in Waima'a", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 1124-1127.