A Grammar of Neo-Aramaic: The Dialect of the Jews of Arbel
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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THE SYNTAX OF VERBS
THE SYNTAX OF PREPOSITIONS
SYNTACTIC SUBORDINATION OF CLAUSES
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1st pers 2nd pers 3rd pers adverbial agar Alqosh Amedia annexation Arab Aramaic attested atxa atxan babi baqeu baqi bela bSilmane Christian Cikma consonant construction context copula deixis dinars dwa?e earlier Aramaic elided emphatic ending epenthetic epenthetic vowel express father feminine geban gemination goliwa H?azH hatta hawa Hoberman hula?e ilyele imperative inflection initial intonation group itwa itwale iyy'a iyya Jewish Arbel Jewish Urmia Jews kabra keniwa kill kimriwale kmir kulla kullu Kurd Kurdish la-qatil laxxa Literally litwa loanwords mindix mire miri morphology Muslims naSe NENA dialects Neo-Aramaic nominal noun nuclear stress occurs open syllable original particle past base pattern pharyngal phrase placed plural predicate preposition pronominal suffixes pronoun qatil raba referent relative clause Ruwandiz Sanjak singular sometimes subjunctive suffix synagogue tlaha Urmia verb verbal vowel waxtit wele word xala xanCi Zakho zille