The Directionality of Emphasis Spread in Arabic

  title={The Directionality of Emphasis Spread in Arabic},
  author={Janet Watson},
  journal={Linguistic Inquiry},
  • Janet Watson
  • Published 1 April 1999
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistic Inquiry
Many modern Arabic dialects exhibit asymmetries in the direction of emphasis (for most dialects, pharyngealization) spread. In a dialect of Yemeni Arabic, emphasis has two articulatory correlates, pharyngealization and labialization: within the phonological word, pharyngealization spreads predominantly leftward, and labialization spreads rightward, targeting short high vowels. Since asymmetries in the directionality of spread of a secondary feature are phonetically motivated and depend on… 

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