Farrugia, Ruben: The Acoustic Vowel Space of Gozitan Naduri and Sannati Dialects, in Klimiuk , Maciej (Hrsg.): Semitic Dialects and Dialectology : Fieldwork—Community—Change, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2022, S. 197–211. https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.859.c13961

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Ruben Farrugia

The Acoustic Vowel Space of Gozitan Naduri and Sannati Dialects

The focus of this study is to apply acoustic measurements and account for the quality of vowels present in the vowel system of two Maltese dialects of Gozo—Sannati and Naduri—in order to establish whether there are any acoustic differences between the vowels that are present in both dialects. The study is restricted to 13 phonemic monophthongs present in both dialects. The test items are five target words for every vowel. Each item was repeated five times in pre-designated sentences by six native speakers for both dialects. This paper presents evidence that the vowel inventory of these two dialects does not vary only phonologically but is also distinguished acoustically in most vowels.

Keywords acoustics, field research, Gozitan, Gozo, Maltese, Maltese dialectology, phonetics, vowel