Journal article

Big words, small phrases: Mismatches between pause units and the polysynthetic word in Dalabon

N EVANS, J FLETCHER, BB ROSS

Linguistics: an interdisciplinary journal of the language sciences | Mouton de Gruyter | Published : 2008

Abstract

This article uses instrumental data from natural speech to examine the phenomenon of pause placement within the verbal word in Dalabon, a polysynthetic Australian language of Arnhem Land. Though the phenomenon is incipient and in two sample texts occurs in only around 4% of verbs, there are clear possibilities for interrupting the grammatical word by pause after the pronominal prefix and some associated material at the left edge, though these within-word pauses are significantly shorter, on average, than those between words. Within-word pause placement is not random, but is restricted to certain affix boundaries; it requires that the paused-after material be at least dimoraic, and that the r..

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