About the Journal :
Journal of Arabic Language for Specialized Research is published quarterly by the Scientific Institute for Advanced Training and Studies , it is devoted to the publishing of researches concerning sciences and arts of Arabic language such as Grammar, rhetoric, metrics, prose and poetry, phonetics, modern linguistics, dialects, Arabic calligraphy, Arabization, and literary critical stylistic studies.
The journal is a research platform for scholars, teachers, and students to enrich the Arabic Library with further sound researches and precise studies for the purpose of unveiling the secrets of this language which is regarded as a miracle on its own through the Quranic text that remains a great challenge to all languages’ texts. However, the research efforts made on Arabic language and its relevant sciences as well as the unveiling of its beauty in the past and present are merely attempts to reveal the secret of its essence to persuade linguists and litterateurs of the reasons why Allah, the creator of all languages, has chosen Arabic to be the last language for his messenger Mohamed (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) and his miraculous immortal book till doomsday.
Despite the recent increase in the number of acoustic analysis studies that investigated Arabic sounds, the studies that are written in Arabic are rare in this field. Voice onset time, known by VOT, is one of the most important acoustic cues that is employed to study stop sounds and differentiate between voiced and voiceless stops in many languages. Besides, VOT is used to study the pronunciation of foreign languages. This study focuses on the VOT in Arabic studies and discusses Arabicizating the concept. The study also overviews the studies that examined VOT in standard Arabic and Arabic dialects. After that, it compares the VOT values in these reviewed studies to conclude one general pattern for VOT voiced and voiceless stops in Arabic dialects and Modern Standard Arabic. Therefore, the study found that VOT is a significant acoustic cue that can be applied to differentiate voiced /b, d, dˀ/, and voiceless sounds /t, tˀ, k, q/ in the Arabic language. As in Arabic, the voiced stops have negative VOT values (pre-voicing) while the voiceless stops have long positive values (long lag).
Keywords: Arabic stops, acoustic analysis, Voice Onset Time, VOT.