LINGUIST List 15.544

Wed Feb 11 2004

Qs: Phonetics Term; Vocalic Processes Arabic

Editor for this issue: Steve Moran <>

We'd like to remind readers that the responses to queries are usually best posted to the individual asking the question. That individual is then strongly encouraged to post a summary to the list. This policy was instituted to help control the huge volume of mail on LINGUIST; so we would appreciate your cooperating with it whenever it seems appropriate. In addition to posting a summary, we'd like to remind people that it is usually a good idea to personally thank those individuals who have taken the trouble to respond to the query. To post to LINGUIST, use our convenient web form at


  1. James Scobbie, Phonetics term for "equi-strictural"
  2. Melissa Barkat, References on vocalic processes in Arabic

Message 1: Phonetics term for "equi-strictural"

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 06:10:01 -0500 (EST)
From: James Scobbie <>
Subject: Phonetics term for "equi-strictural"

Is there a generally accepted term for a sequence of like manner of
articulation, as ''homorganic'' means a sequence of like place?
''Diphthong'' is close but is limited to vowels.

For example, what term could be used to include tauto or
heterosyllabic sequences like [hs] [fx] [tk] [ao] [rl] [wj] [mn]?

I am uncertain whether nasal-oral stop sequences should be included or
excluded in this term. Similarly, central-lateral approximant
sequences. This is because manner is similar but not identical to

I think it would be best to exclude geminates as a special case, as
they are a special case of homorganic sequences.

Please email with ideas.

Citations to literature preferable, or good neologisms, and I'll post replies.
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

Message 2: References on vocalic processes in Arabic

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 12:24:30 +0100
From: Melissa Barkat <>
Subject: References on vocalic processes in Arabic

Dear Colleagues,

I am in the process of writing 6 entries for the Encyclopedia of
Arabic Language and Linguistics dealing with vowel backing ; vowel
elision ; vowel fronting ; vowel lowering ; vowel raising and vowel
reduction .

Any references, suggestions, citations, etc., would be most appreciated.

Please send info to me directly at

Many thanks,

Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage (UMR 5596)
Institut des Sciences de l'Homme
14, avenue Berthelot 69363 Lyon cedex 07
Tel : + 00 33 4 72 72 64 77
Fax : + 00 33 72 72 65 90
Website :
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue