15th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

September 14-18, 2014

Lateral Formants in Three Central Australian Languages

Marija Tabain (1), Andrew Butcher (2), Gavan Breen (3), Richard Beare (4)

(1) La Trobe University, Australia
(2) Flinders University, Australia
(3) Institute for Aboriginal Development, Australia
(4) Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Australia

This study examines dental, alveolar, retroflex and palatal lateral formants. Data are taken from three languages of Central Australia: Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara and Warlpiri. Results show that in relation to the alveolar lateral, the dental has a lower F1 and a higher F4; the retroflex has lower F3 and F4 and slightly higher F2; and the palatal has lower F1 and higher F2, F3 and F4. These results are discussed in light of various acoustic models of lateral production.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Tabain, Marija / Butcher, Andrew / Breen, Gavan / Beare, Richard (2014): "Lateral formants in three central australian languages", In INTERSPEECH-2014, 920-924.