ASA 129th Meeting - Washington, DC - 1995 May 30 .. Jun 06

5pSC21. Acoustic correlates of Deg Xinag/Ingalik Athabaskan vowels.

Alice Taff

Dept. of Linguistics, Univ. of Washington, GN-40, Seattle, WA 98195

There has been controversy [A. Jerue et al., Deg Xinag Dindlidik. ANLC: Fairbanks (1993)] over the classification of the vowel in the second person plural morpheme (2p) in Deg Xinag/Ingalik as either /o/ or /(inverted cap omega with diaresis)/. Acoustic measurements were undertaken towards resolving the issue. F1, F2, F3, and duration were measured for each of the five vowels in the system, /a,e,o,(inverted cap omega with diaresis),(schwa)/. Contexts were limited to coronal and uvular. F1 and F2 means for data from two speakers indicate that 2p is more like /(inverted cap omega with diaresis)/ than /o/. Vowel length data supports this claim.