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Rhotic contrasts in Arabana

Carne, Michael; Chen, Juqiang; Luk, Ellison; Strangways, Sydney; Stockigt, Clara; Mailhammer, Robert; Harvey, Mark


Arabana has a three-way rhotic phoneme contrast: /r/ (alveolar trill) vs /ɾ/ (alveolar tap) vs /ɻ/ (retroflex continuant). The rhotic contrasts are prosodically restricted in Arabana. The triple contrast only appears following the tonic vowel, which is the first vowel. In other onset positions /ɻ/ is contrastive, but there is no /r/ vs /ɾ/ contrast. There is no contrast in coda positions. We undertook the first-ever production study of Arabana rhotics. Recorded audio materials were...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Conference paper
Source: Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences


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