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Big words, small phrases: Mismatches between pause units and the polysynthetic word in Dalabon

Evans, Nicholas; Fletcher, Janet; Ross, Belinda


This article uses instrumental data from natural speech to examine the phenomenon of pause placement within the verbal word in Dalabon, a polysynthetic Australian language of Arnhem Land. Though the phenomenon is incipient and in two sample texts occurs in only around 4% of verbs, there are clear possibilities for interrupting the grammatical word by pause after the pronominal prefix and some associated material at the left edge, though these within-word pauses are significantly shorter, on...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Linguistics: an interdisciplinary journal of the language sciences
DOI: 10.1515/LING.2008.004


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