Gemination in Amharic: Examination of the Duration of Amharic Consonants


  • Derib Ado Jekale Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, Addis Ababa University


This study investigated the duration of Amharic consonants.
Three native speakers were recorded reading geminate and nongeminate
Amharic words prepared in a list and durations were extracted using Praat.
The results showed that Amharic consonants can be twice as long as
singletons and word final consonants were found to be longer in word final
position than in word medial position. Voiceless consonants were longer
than voiced consonants in both word medial and word final positions as both
geminates and singletons. However, there was no statistically significant
differences between the duration of geminate voiced and voiceless