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Stressed Vowels and their Characteristics in the Dialect of the Rahovec Area

Fridrik Dulaj


In the dialect of the Rahovec area, as in many other dialects of Kosova and the dialects of the northeast and northwest, the a is articulated as an a of moderate labialized pitch, as in the “Karadak dialect”, studied by M. Halimi, “The Shalë e Bajgorës dialect”, studied by Latif Mulaku, “The Has dialect”, studied by Imri Badallaj. But even in the studies of the other northwestern Gheg dialects such as: “The dialect of Anës së Malit”, studied by Mehmet Ahmetaj, “The dialect of Kelmend”, and “The dialect of Rranzave të Mbishkodrës” studied by Gjovalin Shkurtaj, “The dialect of Çerem and Valbona” (Tropoja area) studied by Xh. Gusturani, where this vowel timbre appears oral and nasal. In the dialect of the Rahovec area, as in that of Karadak, the vowel a is articulated as a short oral ă, long oral a:, as well as short nasal ã and long nasal ã:.

Keywords: vowels, Rahovec area, nasals, alteration, vowel clusters, etc.

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