A Grammar of Neo-Aramaic: The Dialect of the Jews of Arbel

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BRILL, 1999 - History - 586 pages
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Being direct descendants of the Aramaic spoken by the Jews in antiquity, the still spoken Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialects of Kurdistan deserve special and vivid interest. Geoffrey Khan's "A Grammar of Neo-Aramaic" is a unique record of one of these dialects, now on the verge of extinction. This volume, the result of extensive fieldwork, contains a description of the dialect spoken by the Jews from the region of Arbel (Iraqi Kurdistan), together with a transcription of recorded texts and a glossary. The "grammar" consists of sections on phonology, morphology and syntax, preceded by an introductory chapter examining the position of this dialect in relation to the other known Neo-Aramaic dialects. The transcribed "texts" record folktales and accounts of customs, traditions and experiences of the Jews of Kurdistan.
 

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Contents

PHONOLOGY
4
SYNTAX
10
CONSONANTS
17
VOWELS
42
CONSONANT GEMINATION
56
SYLLABLE STRUCTURE
62
WORD STRESS
70
PRONOUNS
81
THE SYNTAX OF VERBS
248
THE SYNTAX OF PREPOSITIONS
297
THE CLAUSE
310
CLAUSE SEQUENCES
368
SYNTACTIC SUBORDINATION OF CLAUSES
386
INFORMANT
422
INFORMANT L
432
INFORMANT
490

VERBS
89
VERB PARADIGMS
124
NOUNS
135
ADJECTIVES
174
PARTICLES
183
THE SYNTAX OF NOMINALS
195
INFORMANT
520
References
542
GLOSSARY OF VERBS
551
GENERAL GLOSSARY
561
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About the author (1999)

Geoffrey Khan, Ph.D. (1984) in Semitic Languages, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, is currently lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic at the University of Cambridge, England and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He has published widely on Semitic linguistics and medieval philology.