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1. Qāf in Arabic and Semitic

Qāf is the name of the 21st letter of the Arabic alphabet. In surveys of Modern Standard Arabic, /q/ is regularly described as a voiceless velar or uvular plosive/stop (cf., e.g., Kästner 1981:45–46). While this description reflects the pronunciation in Modern Standard Arabic and in some dialects, it is very likely that the uvular stop regularly transcribed as q in Arabic linguistics was a nonemphatic (nonvelarized) voiced coun…

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Lutz Edzard, “Qāf”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0277>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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