Article published in:The Persistence of Language: Constructing and confronting the past and present in the voices of Jane H. Hill
Edited by Shannon T. Bischoff, Deborah Cole, Amy V. Fountain and Mizuki Miyashita
[Culture and Language Use 8] 2013
► pp. 85–106
The phonetic correlates of Southern Ute stress
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.
Keywords: phonetic correlates, pitch, stress, Ute, Uto-Aztecan
Published online: 28 May 2013