The Voicing Contrast in Stops and Affricates in the Western Armenian of Lebanon

Niamh E. Kelly, Lara Keshishian


Research on Western Armenian has described it as having a contrast between voiceless aspirated stops and affricates, and voiced stops and affricates [1, 2]. The variety of Western Armenian spoken by a large population in Lebanon has not yet been examined phonetically, to determine the acoustic correlates of this contrast. The current study examines the alveolar and postalveolar affricates and alveolar stops (voiceless aspirated and voiced) in both word-initial and word-medial position, using nonsense words written in the Armenian script. The results indicate that voiced sounds have prevoicing, voiceless affricates have some aspiration, but voiceless stops have very short VOT, which aligns better with an analysis of them being classified as unaspirated. It was also found that position in the word does not affect VOT, duration of the closure or frication.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2529

Cite as: Kelly, N.E., Keshishian, L. (2019) The Voicing Contrast in Stops and Affricates in the Western Armenian of Lebanon. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 1721-1725, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2529.


@inproceedings{Kelly2019,
  author={Niamh E. Kelly and Lara Keshishian},
  title={{The Voicing Contrast in Stops and Affricates in the Western Armenian of Lebanon}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={1721--1725},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2529},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2529}
}