On the definition of theword "Segmental"

Conference Paper

Textbooks in phonology often specify a distinction between segmental features (e.g., place and manner of articulation) vs. suprasegmental features (stress and phrasing). The distinction between segmental and suprasegmental features is useful even in autosegmental models like Articulatory Phonology, because it distinguishes between features shared by the different instantiations of a phoneme vs. those not so shared. In a model like Articulatory Phonology, however, there is no requirement that a segmental feature should be synchronous with the other features of the same segment. Classification results are provided from Levantine Arabic, showing that features of the primary articulator of a fricative are acoustically signaled during frication, but that features of the secondary articulator are signaled during the preceding and following vowels, suggesting that the definition of the word "segmental" should not require synchronous implementation.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hasegawa-Johnson, M; Benmamoun, E; Mustafawi, E; Elmahdy, M; Duwairi, R

Published Date

  • January 1, 2012

Published In

  • Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2012

Volume / Issue

  • 1 /

Start / End Page

  • 159 - 162

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9787560848693

Citation Source

  • Scopus