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The acoustic properties of laryngeal contrast in Najdi Arabic initial stops

Lookup NU author(s): Nief Al-Gamdi, Dr Jalal-eddin Al-Tamimi, Dr Ghada Khattab

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This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc., 2019.

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Abstract

The aim of the present study is to investigate the acoustic properties of the laryngeal contrast in Najdi Arabic initial stops, with a particular focus on whether both voicing and aspiration are active features in the language. Temporal and spectral acoustic properties were investigated in /b, d, ɡ, t, k/ in word-initial position as produced by 12 native speakers of Najdi Arabic. The results revealed that Najdi Arabic contrasts prevoiced and aspirated stops, a rarely documented phenomenon. VOT and F0 onset were found to be robust acoustic correlates for the stop voicing contrast in the variety, showing tenseness for the voiceless set and active voicing for the voiced one. The implications of the acoustic details of laryngeal contrast in Najdi Arabic for the phonological representations are discussed, particularly in relation to the active distinctive features in the phonological system in Najdi Arabic.


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Author(s): Al-Gamdi N, Al-Tamimi J, Khattab G

Editor(s): Sasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain & Paul Warren (eds.)

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences ICPhS 2019

Year of Conference: 2019

Pages: 2051-2055

Print publication date: 05/08/2019

Online publication date: 05/08/2019

Acceptance date: 12/02/2019

Date deposited: 05/08/2019

Publisher: Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.

URL: http://intro2psycholing.net/ICPhS/papers/ICPhS_2100.pdf


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