Syllable structure in the dialects of Arabic

Authored by: Ellen Broselow

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138783331
eBook ISBN: 9781315147062
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315147062-3

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Abstract

Although syllables are not directly recoverable from the speech signal, the assumption that segments are grouped into syllables has proven useful in explaining numerous phonological patterns of individual languages. The syllable is therefore viewed as an abstract constituent of the mental representation of sound structure (Al-Ani and May 1973), and the analysis of the syllable structure of any individual language must be grounded in comprehensive analysis of the overall phonological structure of that language.

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