The Palatalisation of /ʤ/ into /j/ in Emirati Arabic (EA): A Rule-Governed or Random Alternation?

Hodan Mohamoud Hassan
2017 International Journal of Linguistics  
This study aims to investigate a phonological phenomenon that occurs in Emirati Arabic (EA), whereby the voiced palato-alveolar affricate /ʤ/ changes into the voiced palatal approximate (glide) /j/. In particular, this study attempts to determine whether this phonological alternation is triggered by a certain phonological environment, or whether it occurs randomly without any rule. It also endeavours to examine the hypothesis that this phonological phenomenon was borrowed from other Arabic
more » ... m other Arabic dialects spoken in the Gulf through language contact.
doi:10.5296/ijl.v9i5.11964 fatcat:a4pdm5pylvgold5nkh57job7zi