Prestopping in Kaytetye

Two Types of Pre-stopping in Kaytetye

By Mark Harvey, Ben Davies, Susan Lin, Myf Turpin, Alison Ross, and Katherine Demuth

Kaytetye is an Arandic language of central Australia with approximately 200 speakers. As shown in Table 1, Kaytetye contrasts plain nasals with pre-stopped nasals, an unusual feature for an Australian language. Pre-stopping of both nasals and laterals is common in Australian languages, but it is not typically contrastive (Butcher, 2006; Dixon, 2002). Existing materials on Kaytetye do not report pre-stopping, whether contrastive or not, in laterals. In this paper, we show that Kaytetye does have non-contrastive pre-stopping in laterals.