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Prosodic TypologyThe Phonology of Intonation and Phrasing$
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Sun-Ah Jun

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249633.001.0001

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Intonation in Six Dialects of Bininj Gun-wok

Intonation in Six Dialects of Bininj Gun-wok

(p.331) 12 Intonation in Six Dialects of Bininj Gun-wok*
Prosodic Typology

Judith Bishop

Janet Fletcher

Oxford University Press

It is particularly significant to examine the intonational systems of typologically diverse languages in light of renewed interest in ‘intonational universals’. As yet, only a handful of indigenous Australian languages possess significant intonational descriptions. This chapter examines the intonational phonology of six closely-related varieties of a Northern Australian language, Bininj Gun-wok, also known as Mayali. It then outlines transcription conventions that are designed to transcribe significant prosodic events in this language and its various dialects.

Keywords:   universals, polysynthetic, stress, pitch accent, dialect variation, prosodic structure, metrical structure, intonation, Australian, Mayali

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