An Acoustic Analysis of Description and Classification of Balti Segmental (Velar Sounds) Consonants


  • Ghulam Abbas Lecturer, Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Baltistan, Skardu
  • Altaf Hussain (Corresponding Author) Lecturer, Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Baltistan, Skardu
  • Muhammad Bashir Lecturer, Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Baltistan, Skardu



Fricatives, Consonants, spectrogram, description, classification, Acoustic analysis, phonemic, allophonic


The goal of this study is to categorize solely the consonants (velars) of the Balti language, which is spoken in Pakistan's Baltistan area of Gilgit Baltistan. The Balti language was chosen for the study because it is one of the less well-known languages in Pakistan and because there has never been any substantial research done on the language's sounds or sound system.120 distinct words from various Balti novels were chosen in order to categorize Balti sounds. Using the program PRAAT, the acoustic analysis of Balti consonants has been examined to demonstrate their physical characteristics. In order to capture samples of various Balti consonant sounds, the investigators identified 20 indigenous Balti speakers, aged 16 to 35, enrolled in State College for Boys in Model Town and University of Technology and Management, Lahore, Pakistan. Spectrophotograms representing each sound were used to display the physical characteristics of the native Balti speakers' sound samples. The Balti language has ten fricative sounds, according to acoustic examinations of consonant sounds.


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