Labials in Amharic and Arabic: An Acoustic Study

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Mohamed presents an empirical comparative study of two close languages – Amharic and Arabic – that belong to the South Semitic languages according to the majority of linguistic classifications. Acoustic phonetics is a sub-field of phonetics that focuses on studying the physical aspects of speech sounds, including frequency, intensity and duration by using speech analysis tools like sound spectrograph and the oscillography. In addition, the book compares Arabic labial consonants to their counterparts in Amharic while focusing through an empirical acoustic study on the types of labials and their relation to vowels.