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Variation in the Voiced Coronals of Two Fataluku-speaking Villages

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Title:Variation in the Voiced Coronals of Two Fataluku-speaking Villages
Authors:Heston, Tyler M.
Keywords:Phonetic variation
language documentation
East Timor
Timor Leste
Date Issued:12 Sep 2019
Abstract:Several studies comment on regional variation in Fataluku, but no detailed study of phonetic variation has yet been published. This paper reports on the distribution of [z], [j], and other voiced coronals in phonetically-controlled speech from fourteen Fataluku speakers—seven from the village of Tutuala and seven from the village of Lospalos. In Tutuala, I find complementary distribution between voiced coronal obstruents and glides, while in Lospalos, the relationship between obstruents and glides is chaotic and speaker-dependent. This difference in homogeneity parallels the make-up of these villages, as Lospalos draws a diverse array of workers from across the Fataluku-speaking area, while Tutuala is relatively remote and has a much smaller draw.
Pages/Duration:21 pages
Journal:Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society
Appears in Collections: A. Research Papers (Peer-Reviewed)

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