Pausal Diphthongisation in Gozitan Dialects Compared to Zaḥlé, Lebanon
Pausal forms, despite not treated as such so far, are a paradigmatic part of the grammar in the dialects of the island Gozo, Malta. Pausal diphthongisation in both closed and open final syllables represent the most striking pausal phenomenon occurring in Gozitan dialects and is described in this paper with consideration of the impact of the etymological vowel length and consonantal emphasis on the pausal realisation of the diphthongs in final syllables. Further, the Gozitan pausal diphthongisation is compared with a similar occurrence in the Arabic dialect of Zaḥlé, Lebanon, as captured by Henri Fleisch.
Keywords field research, Gozitan dialects, Gozo, Lebanese Arabic, Malta, Maltese, Maltese dialectology, prosodic phonology, prosody, pausal form