A preliminary ultrasound study of nasal and lateral coronals in Arrernte

Marija Tabain, Richard Beare

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Ultrasound tongue image data are presented for two female speakers of the Central Australian language Arrernte, focusing on the nasal and lateral coronal consonants. These coronal places of articulation are: dental, alveolar, retroflex and palatal. It is shown that the tongue back is particularly far forward for the palatal consonant, and to a lesser extent also for the retroflex consonant. There is a general flattening of the tongue for the dental consonants. In addition, the back of the tongue is consistently further forward for the nasal consonants than for the laterals - this is true for all places of articulation. Finally, a double-pivot pattern for the retroflex articulations is observed for one speaker, but not for the other.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterspeech 2016
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (was Eurospeech) 2016 - Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, United States of America
Duration: 8 Sep 201612 Sep 2016
Conference number: 17th
https://dblp.org/db/conf/interspeech/interspeech2016.html (Proceedings)


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (was Eurospeech) 2016
Abbreviated titleInterspeech 2016
CountryUnited States of America
CitySan Francisco
Internet address


  • Australian languages
  • Coronal consonants
  • Nasals and laterals
  • Ultrasound

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