Prenasalised voiceless stops in Ngkolmpu

Matthew Carroll

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    Ngkolmpu (Yam, Papuan) has phonetic prenasalised voiceless stops as phonemic segments. Phonetically, these are characterised by a period of nasalisation which ceases before the release of the consonant. This is followed by a period of clear voicelessness before the commencement of voicing again in the following segment. The voice onset time of prenasalised stops is comparable to those of standard voiceless stops. Phonemically, these are single segments which contrast with voiceless stops at each place of articulation. We can see from phonotactic evidence that these are single segments. Segments of this type are a typological rarity in the worlds languages which is expected given the complexity of the articulatory gestures required to produce.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    Event19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, ICPhS 2019 - Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 1 Jan 2019 → …


    Conference19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, ICPhS 2019
    Period1/01/19 → …


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