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1. Introduction

Affrication is a process creating what are commonly called affricated stops or affricates. These sounds consist phonetically of a cluster formed by a plosive + homorganic fricative, but behave phonologically as one segment (Jakobson a.o. 1952; Sagey 1986; Rubach 1994; Clements 1999). They frequently arise as allophonic variants of non-affricated stops before high vowels and glides (e.g. [t] > [ts, t] / __…

Cite this page
Chakir Zeroual, “Affrication”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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