An acoustic analysis of tone and register in Louma Oeshi

Authors

  • Sigrid Lew Payap University
  • James Gruber Reed College

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v1i0.3740

Keywords:

tone, register, phonation, endangered, undocumented, Tibeto-Burman

Abstract

This study describes the acoustic properties associated with tone and register in Louma Oeshi, a previously unstudied Akoid language of Laos. Louma Oeshi uses three tones (High, Mid, and Low) which overlap with a tense/lax register distinction to yield a six-way suprasegmental contrast. In this paper, we (1) offer a first account of the pitch and voice quality characteristics associated with each Tone-Register pair, (2) examine further the variability in glottalization strategies signaling the constricted register, and (3) explore the influence of contrastive voice quality on pitch and vice versa, particularly as a predictor of the variation in glottalization.

Author Biographies

  • Sigrid Lew, Payap University
    Instructor, Graduate Linguistics Program
  • James Gruber, Reed College
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics

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Published

2016-06-12

How to Cite

Lew, Sigrid, and James Gruber. 2016. “An Acoustic Analysis of Tone and Register in Louma Oeshi”. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 1 (June): 33:1–14. https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v1i0.3740.