Syllabic Licensing in Iraqi Arabic and Kuwaiti Arabic: A Phonotactic Study

Abstract

This paper is a comparative study of syllable phonotactics in Iraqi Arabic ( IA) and Kuwaiti Arabic ( KA). The major concern of the researcher is to arrive at conclusions regarding the potential syllabic structures in the two dialects ( in terms of comparative phonology), and the revelation of identical syllabication principles. The prominent findings of the paper are:(I) The onset and coda both in IA and KA license either one or two consonants.(2) Both varieties permit syllabic patterning /-c+c-) across syllable boundary within one and the same word.(3) All the possible types of syllabic structures in both varieties are eleven.(4) Both varieties show the same distributional characteristics of their syllabic patterning in different word-positions and in monosyllabics.(5) The rating of words having the syllable pattern / cvcc/ in KA is higher than the rating of words in IA. This is due to the predominance of the bedouin nature of the former