Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

Get access

(3,141 words)

Etymologically, the Greek term prosōidía means ‘stress, quantity, in pronunciation’. We give it a broad sense which includes syllable, stress, pitch, intonation, rhythm, rate of speech, pause, etc. The American tradition uses the term ‘suprasegmental’ to express the idea that the domain of prosody is larger than a single segment and that prosodic phenomena are revealed by a comparison of items in sequence (Lehiste 1970).

The prosodic component of language plays a fundamental role in first language acquisition. Several experimental studies have established tha…

Cite this page
Thami Benkirane, “Prosody”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0273>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

▲   Back to top   ▲