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JS Bangs scripsit:

> Thanks for these links! It's a delight to finally be able to hear Arabic
> consonants as they are supposed to be, and I was pleased to find that my
> previous attempts to make pharyngeal sounds had actually been fairly
> successful. I was surprised at how dramatic the vowel allphony in Arabic
> is, though. The unpharyngealized /a/ sounds like nearly [E] to my ears.

Yes.  Arabic emphaticness is really a syllabic property.

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