I thank you with all my heart for your answer! Is vowel phonetic
(non-phonological) quantity influenced by the position of the vowel in
the word? It seems to me that, for ex., ptaha tends to be long when
stressed in syllables not ending with two consonants, in the Syriac
speech of native Arabic speakers...
Thank you very much again!!!
--- In email@example.com, Gareth Hughes <garzohugo@...> wrote:
> Dear Davide,
> There is no real vowel length differentiation in Syriac. What passes for
> vowel length is a mixture of vowel quality and weight. In quality, zqapa
> is further back and more rounded than ptaha. In weight, ptaha, short
> rbasa/zlama and rwaha (a, e, o) cannot form open syllables. However,
> vowel quality is affected by the consonantal environment. In the same
> manner as in Arabic, pharyngeal, uvular and some velar consonants cause
> varying amounts of mid-centring of their vowels. The little I know of
> Turoyo is that it exhibits vowel reduction (to schwa) in pre-stress
> position (e.g. suroyo > s'royo).