Original Articles

A qualitative and quantitative study of Zulu affricates

Published in: South African Journal of African Languages
Volume 27, issue 3, 2007 , pages: 83–96
DOI: 10.1080/02572117.2007.10587289
Author(s): Shamila Naidoo, South Africa


Using a speech-processing platform, PRAAT1 (Boersma & Weenink, 1992), this article presents the qualitative and quantitative results of an experimental investigation into Zulu affricates. In so doing, it confirms the classification of /k1', d3 t∫', ts'/ and /φf', cbv, ts', dz, t∫', tɬ', d13/as affricates; establishes the ejective status of voiceless affricates; and determines that durational differences obtain between lexical and derived affricates.

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