A phonetic description of Modern Hebrew consonants and vowels

Daniel Asherov, Evan Gary Cohen

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In this paper, we provide a detailed description of the phonetic inventory of Modern Hebrew. We systematically review the phonetic contrasts that distinguish among consonants and vowels, and highlight cases of inter-speaker variation. The contrasts are illustrated with data from an ultrasound tongue imaging study of a native speaker of Modern Hebrew. We provide tongue shape comparisons based on the ultrasound recordings, as well as present acoustic data in form of spectrograms and amplitudes. We also occasionally provide quantitative data from previous studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-27
Number of pages25
JournalBrill's Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019


  • Consonants
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Phonetic inventory
  • Ultrasound
  • Vowels


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