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A Comparison between English and Arabic Sound Systems Regarding Places of Articulation

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1105679, PP. 1-7

Subject Areas: Linguistics

Keywords: English, Arabic, Sound Systems, Place of Articulation

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The English sound system differs from Arabic regarding places of articulation. Some of the English consonants do not exist in Arabic and vice versa. However, both languages share common palatal /j/. Arabic speakers find it difficult to pronounce /v/ sound and use /f/ instead. They also substitute /t/ and /d/ for /?/ and /e/. Arab speakers cannot pronounce the flap /s/ but stress the written /tt/. In English, /t/ is an aspirated alveolar but considered non-aspirated denti-alveolar in Arabic. As for /r/, it is always pronounced in Arabic but sometimes deleted in British English. Moreover, /?/ exists in Arabic as a consonant but alternative pronunciation in English.

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Alshalaan, K. (2020). A Comparison between English and Arabic Sound Systems Regarding Places of Articulation. Open Access Library Journal, 7, e5679. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1105679.

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