ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

Consonant enhancement in Lamalama, an initial-dropping language of Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland

Christina Pentland

In this paper I describe the consonant system of Lamalama and show that it is an extreme example of an initial dropping language in which consonants are enhanced or strengthened in word-initial position. Initial dropping languages have undergone a series of radical sound changes including - but not limited to - the loss of word-initial consonants. Lamalama has lost entire word-initial syllables with the result that most roots are monosyllabic C(C)V(C) forms. In a reduced phonological system various strategies are used to enhance word-initial consonants and maintain consonantal contrasts.


Cite as: Pentland, C. (2008) Consonant enhancement in Lamalama, an initial-dropping language of Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland. Proc. Interspeech 2008, 95

@inproceedings{pentland08_interspeech,
  author={Christina Pentland},
  title={{Consonant enhancement in Lamalama, an initial-dropping language of Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland}},
  year=2008,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},
  pages={95}
}