Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 5(2), pp. 114 - 121
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050207
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Epenthesis and Devocalization in the Djelfa Dialect of Algerian Arabic: An OT Account


Khedidja Slimani *
School of Foreign Languages, East China Normal University, China

ABSTRACT

The paper provides a straightforward analysis of some phonological processes attested in the Djelfa dialect, viz., epenthesis, and devocalization. The Djelfa dialect is one of the varieties of Algerian Arabic that has never been investigated before. Thus, this paper aims at delving into some of its phonological intricacies. The paper is couched within Optimality Theory framework (OT) and reveals the interaction underlying the markedness and faithfulness constraints to yield the well-formed syllable structures attested in the dialect. It mainly accounts for /i/ epenthesis to repair the undesired word-final C(C)VVCC and C(C)VCCC syllable structures, which is primarily ascribed to the interplay between *ϛϛ and *3μ. Vowel hiatus, however, is resolved by glide epenthesis unless the first member of the hiatus is [-high] and accordingly, the hegemony of CONTIGUITY-IO ([-high]V) renders devocalization imperative.

KEYWORDS
Djelfa Dialect, Epenthesis, Devocalization, Optimality Theory

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[1] Khedidja Slimani , "Epenthesis and Devocalization in the Djelfa Dialect of Algerian Arabic: An OT Account," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 114 - 121, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050207.

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Khedidja Slimani (2017). Epenthesis and Devocalization in the Djelfa Dialect of Algerian Arabic: An OT Account. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 5(2), 114 - 121. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050207.