Orthography adopted by the Murrinh-patha Song Project


This page describes the orthography that members of our project use for our research publications. For community use, such as this website, we keep the orthography used in the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart school in Wadeye (Street 1987).

Murrinh-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 that 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.