Stress on South Sulawesi

This study will examine the linguistic rhythm and melody of three large regional languages on the island of Sulawesi, one of the largest islands in Indonesia. Speakers of the Indonesian language from south Sulawesi are popularly thought to have a very distinctive accent, likely influenced by the Bugis, Toraja and Makasar languages which are indigenous to the area. In addition to providing crucial phonetic data on these under-studied languages, this study will increase our understanding of how linguistic stress varies across languages, and provide insight into the long-debated question of whether the Indonesian language itself does or does not have word stress.

A La Trobe University collaborative project between Dr Anthony Jukes, Dr Stefan Schnell and Dr Marija Tabain, Associate Professor.