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Vowel Backing
(2,537 words)

Ordinarily, vowels occur in coarticulation with consonants in the context of the syllable. Coarticulation refers to the overlapping gestures that occur during the pronunciation of any sequence of speech sounds. During speech, the movements of the articulators for the production of successive phonetic segments overlap in time and interact with one another. As a consequence, the vocal tract configuration at any point in time is influenced by more than one segment. Thus, the acoustic information in…

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Melissa Barkat-Defradas, “Vowel Backing”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0371>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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