IJSRP, Volume 7, Issue 2, February 2017 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
This paper is a discussion on the consonant clusters and syllable structure found inMehri language, spoken in the south of the Arabian Peninsula, in the Republic of Yemen, by the Mahrainhabitants in the desert steppe of Yemen, and in Oman particularly in the mountains of Dhofarand in the Omani desert plateau in Sultanate of Oman. Mehri language is a Modern South Arabian language (MSALs) that descended from the Semitic languages of the Afro-Asiatic language family. This paper gives concise study of consonant clusters in Mehri language. There are two types of consonant clusters in the language; initial and final clusters. Initial clusters in Mehri are formed by combining voiced bilabial nasal /m/ with voiced alveolar stop/d/ or voiced alveolar approximant/l/. Also by combining voiced alveolar nasal /n/ with voiceless uvular fricative/ χ / or voiceless labio-dental fricative /f/. And final cluster by combining voiced bilabial glide /w/ and voiced palatal glide/j/ with /b/, /k/,/ɬ/./f/,/b/, /t/, /n/and /l/.Only two consonant is permitted to form cluster in initial and final. Mehri has two kinds of syllables: open syllables (CV), (CV:) and closed syllables (CVC), (CV: C), (CVCC). Mehri has three patterns of syllables: Monosyllabic forms, Disyllabic forms, Trisyllabic forms.