An optimality theoretic approach to variable consonantal alternations in Qatari Arabic

Eiman M Mustafawi
This thesis investigates two variable phonological processes exhibited in Qatari Arabic (QA). The first is the affrication of the velar stops [k] and [g] to [t∫] and [d3], respectively, a process that has been traditionally assumed to be triggered by adjacency to a front vowel. The second alternation concerns the lenition of /d3/ to [j], taken to be phonetically unconditioned. Previous studies, however, recognize the existence of a large number of exceptions to these processes....
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