Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2015, Page: 1-7
The Manner of Articulation of the Emphatic /dˁ/ in Both Saudi and Palestinian Dialects
Basem I. M. Al-Raba’a, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Department of Linguistics, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Received: Dec. 16, 2014;       Accepted: Dec. 31, 2014;       Published: Jan. 19, 2015
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.20150301.11      View  2386      Downloads  206
Abstract
This study aims at investigatingthe manner of articulation of the emphatic /dˁ/ sound in both the Saudi and Palestinian dialects. The subjects’ sound recordings have been digitized on a PC and analyzed via Praat.The results reveal that the Saudis produce /dˁ/ as an emphatic fricative, whereas the Palestinians as an emphatic plosive. The implications of this study suggest that /ðˁ/ (the fricative emphatic sound) and /dˁ/ (the plosive emphatic sound) merge into /ðˁ/ in Saudi Arabic, whereas they are distinct from one another in Palestinian Arabic. This is similar to Alani’s (1970: 46) finding that the /dˁ/ sound is pronounced as /ðˁ/ (emphatic fricative), but not as /dˁ/ (pharyngealized plosive) in Iraqi dialects except in the dialects of Iraqi Christians despite its orthographical representation as /dˁ/ in the writing system.
Keywords
Emphatic, Fricative, Plosive
To cite this article
Basem I. M. Al-Raba’a, The Manner of Articulation of the Emphatic /dˁ/ in Both Saudi and Palestinian Dialects, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2015, pp. 1-7. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20150301.11
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