Edited by Hamid Ouali
[Studies in Arabic Linguistics 5] 2017
► pp. 89–126
The current study attempts to establish perceptual category mapping between Arabic and English consonants in the minds of native speakers of American English who have no experience or exposure to Arabic. American listeners participated in an identification task and goodness-of-fit rating task to establish perceptual category mappings between the tested Arabic consonants and the English categories. Prosodic location and vowel effects (quality and duration) were considered as factors that might affect the perception of Arabic consonants. The results show no prosodic location effect between the two tested syllable structures, CV and VCV. However, a vowel effect is shown for some of the tested Arabic consonants, which affected the English category selection and the degrees of fit.