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1. Definition

Glides in Arabic are w and y (the ʾalif [aː] is not considered a glide here; unlike w and y, it does not appear in any phonological representation of any defective form). Unlike sound consonants, e.g. /b/, /t/, the glides, w and y, play a double role. They can be consonants, as in, for example, wajada ‘he found, yusr ‘ease’, or long vowels, as in, for example, taqūlu ‘she says’, yasīru ‘he moves on’, or both.

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Abdellah Chekayri, “Glide”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0025>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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