This paper describes the vowel system of Damascus Arabic in Syria, from now onwards referred to as Syrian Arabic (SA). We examine the acoustic correlates of SA short/long vowel contrasts, and investigate the status of mid vowels in SA. The goal is to expand on the auditory description of the SA vowel system performed by Cowell . The full set of vowel categories proposed by Cowell were produced in a neutral /hVd/ context by fifteen SA speakers. Quantitative analysis of vowel duration and formant measurements confirms that the vowel system of Syrian Arabic includes the main /i(?)/, /a(?)/, and /u(?)/ short/long vowel contrasts and supports the phonemic status of mid-long vowels /e?/ and /o?/. However, the phonemic status of the mid short vowels [e] and [o] and of schwa was not supported and they are analysed as allophonic variants of their high counterparts /i/ and /u/, respectively.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of ICPhS 2015|
|Editors||Maria Wolters, Judy Livingstone, Bernie Beattie, Rachel Smith, Mike MacMahon, Jane Stuart-Smith, Jim Scobbie|
|Publisher||University of Glasgow|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2015|
|Event||18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences - Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, United Kingdom|
Duration: 10 Aug 2015 → 14 Aug 2015
Conference number: 18
https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/icphs/icphs2015 (Link to Conference Details)
|Conference||18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences|
|Abbreviated title||ICPhS 2015|
|Period||10/08/15 → 14/08/15|
Almbark, R., & Hellmuth, S. (2015). Acoustic analysis of the Syrian vowel system. In M. Wolters, J. Livingstone, B. Beattie, R. Smith, M. MacMahon, J. Stuart-Smith, & J. Scobbie (Eds.), Proceedings of ICPhS 2015 University of Glasgow.