Outline of research
This study was carried out within the framework of the Queensland Speech Survey.
It is the second of a series of scientific investigations into the varieties of English used by aboriginals in Queensland.
The present study analyses and describes in detail the phonological characteristics of the informal English speech of a group of four male informants, aged between twelve and fourteen years, on Palm Island Aboriginal Settlement in North Queensland.
This speech is described as a hierarchically structured system of interrelated units: phonological phrase, phonological word, syllable, and phoneme.
Other higher level phonological features of intonation, pause, rhythm, length and tempo of articulation and voice quality are also considered in relation to this system.
In addition, this dissertation discusses the effects of these characteristics on the intelligibility of the speech of these aboriginal informants for the non-aboriginal Australian listener. ..............................