First European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Paris, France
September 27-29, 1989

Durational Differences Between Emphatic and Non Emphatic Syllables

M.I. Al-Anani

University of Jordan, Department of English, Amman, Jordan

The primary objective of this study was to investigate the degree of influence of Arabic duration on the production of English when English is learned as a second language. The specific questions raised were: I. What is the average Arabic syllable duration in "emphatic" and "non-emphatic" contexts. Is length variation a function of the adjecent consonant. II. Is duration of English syllables as produced by Jordanian students rule-governed i.e. having the same acoustic features as those of L1.

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Bibliographic reference.  Al-Anani, M.I. (1989): "Durational differences between emphatic and non emphatic syllables", In EUROSPEECH-1989, 2336-2339.