The phonetic correlates of Southern Ute stress

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Endangered languages are in need of urgent documentation. Following the phonetic tradition of Ladefoged and Maddieson, this chapter reports results of the first phonetic instrumental analysis of stress in Southern Ute, a severely endangered Uto-Aztecan language. The phonetic correlates of stress could include changes in duration, pitch and/or intensity (Ladefoged 2006). This analysis is based on a list of 100 words designed to determine the phonetic correlates of stress. Five speakers (three female and two male) were recorded using a frame sentence to control intonation. Stress placement data was elicited from one male and one female speaker. This prosodic information forms the basis of revitalization and documentation efforts as well as further phonological investigation.


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