15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

The Moving Boundaries of the First-Acquired Variety's Phonological Features: Evidence from Production/Perception of Moroccan Arabic's Vowels

Mohamed Embarki (1), Christian Guilleminot (2)

(1) UMR CNRS 5475 Praxiling, France
(2) Université de Franche-Comté, France

This paper aims to explore socially-conditioned phonetic variation in speech production and perception in Moroccan Arabic (henceforth MA). The linguistic variant studied here is the low central vowel /a/. It is correlated with social factors; schooling and age are incorporated as independent variables which must reveal forms of variation on this vowel. Two studies, dealing with a list of 10 words which are Ca-Ca syllable type in MA, were conducted in apparent-time. The first study deals with durational measurements of these words produced by 32 pupils aged from 6 to 16 years. The second study investigates the perception of the same words by 32 MA pupils aged from 7 to 15.

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Bibliographic reference.  Embarki, Mohamed / Guilleminot, Christian (2003): "The moving boundaries of the first-acquired variety's phonological features: evidence from production/perception of Moroccan Arabic's vowels", In ICPhS-15, 639-642.