A Grammar of the Bedouin Dialects of the Northern Sinai Littoral: Bridging the Linguistic Gap Between the Eastern and Western Arab World
This study offers a thorough analysis of hitherto unknown Arabic dialects spoken by bedouin tribes inhabiting the northern Sinai littoral. The author identifies five different dialect groups in the area. He combines his own extensive material with that from publications on neighbouring dialects to put this material in a larger dialect-geographical perspective. Proposing a total of 82 criteria and introducing 'partial isoglosses' to typologically measure the dialects, he convincingly shows that three dialect groups form a continuum - a 'linguistic bridge' - connecting the bedouin type of dialects spoken in the Negev and southern Jordan with the sedentary type of dialects spoken in the Nile Delta. An appendix with 77 maps completes the picture. Arabists, dialectologists, semitists and sociolinguists will welcome this study as a valuable contribution to their fields.
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e Presentday distribution and remarks on the history
Fieldwork Methodology 1
A Description of Rmeliy Swerkiy and Balawiy
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a-type AA cf ABUL FAdL 1961 Active participles al'AriS allomorph Allophones anaptyctic anaptyxis apocopated Arabic assimilation ATTAYYIB ay and aw BA and AxA base form bedouin dialects BLANC CaCaCV camel clusters conjugation consonant criterion deixis dialect type differences diphthongs elision emphatics enclitically example in AxA Examples of measure gahawah-vowel geminate hdda heard high vowel ibid imperatives imperfect instances interdental Irregular verbs Irregular verbs C2 isogloss bundle K-form lamma long vowels Measure n-l mediae infirmae minimal pair monophthongized morphological restructuring negation Negev neutral environments northern Sinai nunation occur older open syllable preceding partial pattern perfect prefix preposition proclitic pron quadriliteral raising of final recorded in SaA reflexes of final remarks resyllabication rule SaA and AgA sandhi Sarqiyyah sedentary SG PL 3.m short vowels speaker STEWART suffix tertiae infirmae tribes typological unstressed velarization verb forms vowel harmony woidiCH XVII