Orthography adopted by the Murriny Patha Song Project


Murriny Patha has four vowels for which there is no phonemic length distinction. The four vowels are listed below.

vowels

+front

-front

+high

i

u

-high

e

a


For the consonants, there are six places of articulation and a voicing contrast for the stops. However in nasal-stop clusters the contrast is essentially neutralised. In these environments, rather than choose a particular series, we represent the stops as voiced or voiceless, as we hear them on a word-by-word basis. We recognise that certain speakers’ pronunciations of the same word may on occasion differ. To represent the alveolar nasal/voiced velar stop cluster we use an apostrophe /n’g/ so as to avoid confusion with the velar nasal /ng/.

consonants
bilabial
dental
alveolar
retroflex
palatal
velar
voiceless stop
p
th
t
rt
tj
k
voiced stop
b
dh
d
rd
dj
g
nasal
m
nh
n
rn
ny
ng
lateral



l

rl



flap/trill



rr




glides

w


r


y



The above orthography differs from the one in use at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart school in Wadeye (Street 1987), which has a single laminal series and uses voiceless stops in nasal clusters.

For further information about our orthography contact Joe Blythe.