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Phondi: O'Shannessy/Bancu on the Phonology of Mixed Languages

Friday, November 21, 2014
12:00 AM
473 Lorch Hall

Towards understanding the phonology of a mixed language

In today's meeting, Carmel O'Shannessy and Ariana Bancu will present a progress report on their research into the phonology of the mixed language, Light Warlpiri. The title and abstract of their presentation are given below.

Towards understanding the phonology of a mixed language

Most work on mixed languages has been on morphosyntax, so very little is known about how languages of this type combine the phonologies of their source languages. The source languages of Light Warlpiri have very different phonological inventories. Some examples are that Warlpiri has only three vowels, voicing of stop consonants is not phonemic, and there are no fricatives. Kriol has a five vowel system and the presence of phonemic voicing and fricatives is variable. English varieties differ from both of these. The typological differences raise the question of how the systems combine in Light Warlpiri, especially in words derived from varieties of English and Kriol. We will discuss first steps toward addressing this question, presenting current work-in-progress.


Carmel O'Shannessy and Ariana Bancu