Prosodic phrasing in NXA?AMXCÍN (Salish) declarative clauses


  • Marion Caldecott Dept. of Linguistics, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Dr., Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada
  • Ewa Czaykowka-Higgins Department of Linguistics, University of Victoria, PO Box 3045, Victoria, BC V8W 3P4, Canada


Endangered languages, Phrase boundary, Pilot studies


The article reports results from a pilot study of the phonetic correlates of declarative clauses from a narrative in Salish. There is a small but growing body of research describing the properties of prosodic phrasing in Salish languages. While seminal research on prosodic phrasing in English and Japanese is based on targeted elicitations, work on prosody in endangered languages often comes from varying sources. The maximum FO of stressed, phrase-initial and -final vowels of the target phrase, as well as the final vowel of the preceding phrase were measured. If pitch was higher than that of either surrounding vowel, it was considered a pitch peak. Phrase boundaries were correlated with a L% initial and final tone, provided the boundary vowels were not stressed. About 89% of phrases with unstressed boundary vowels were associated with a L%, while 91% of phrases with a stressed boundary vowel showed no rise or fall.




How to Cite

Caldecott M, Czaykowka-Higgins E. Prosodic phrasing in NXA?AMXCÍN (Salish) declarative clauses. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2012 Sep. 1 [cited 2021 Dec. 3];40(3):16-7. Available from:



Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada