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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Aerodynamic Study of Moroccan Arabic Guttural Consonants

Chakir Zeroual

Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie-CNRS, France

Pharyngeal pressure P and oral air flow U were measured in Moroccan Arabic (MA) guttural continuant consonants in the context aCa, and values were compared with those of [s z] and [l r]. The voiced laryngeal [ɦ] and the voiced epiglottal [ʢ] have the highest and lowest values of U respectively, which was expected since the former is breathy and the latter laryngealized. U is substantially higher in the voiceless epiglottal [ʜ] and uvular [χ] than in [s]. This result suggests that the primary articulation of MA epiglottal consonants is most likely at the level of the glottis and/or aryepiglottic sphincter, and that the supraglottal area is larger in the voiceless uvular than in [s]. P is much higher in uvular consonants than in [l r]. This disagrees with Halle's analysis according to which uvular consonants are sonorants and must be produced without a rise of P.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zeroual, Chakir (2003): "Aerodynamic study of Moroccan Arabic guttural consonants", In ICPhS-15, 1859-1862.