17 May 2005
Bruce Birch (University of Melbourne)
A Tour of Iwaidja Intonation
This talk is based on an acoustic analysis of monologue narratives in Iwaidja, a highly endangered Australian language. The most common intonation contours are presented to illustrate a provisional tonal inventory influenced by Gussenhoven's ToDI transcription of Dutch. Other intonational features such as the variable placement of pitch accents in multipedal words, and F0 variation in the context of the reduced pitch range found in plateau phrases are also discussed.