Mehri Texts from Oman: Based on the Field Materials of T.M. Johnstone

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Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 1999 - Foreign Language Study - 303 pages
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Mehri is a South-Semitic language spoken by some 100.000 people in the far eastern governorate in Yemen and in the mountains of Dhofar in Oman. The Mehri texts in this book represent the Omani dialect. The texts are based on the fieldwork materials of the late Professor T. M. Johnstone (1924-1983), an expert in this field.The author Harry Stroomer (Leiden University, The Netherlands) is a specialist in South-Semitic and Berber languages.
 

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Contents

Abu Nuwas and the bean folktale
2
Abu Nuwas and the merchants folktale
10
The Jinni cat beliefs
16
A camel herder tribal history
22
A journey from Negd to marry biographical story
28
The brothers one of whom broke a leg biographical story
34
A journey to London in October 1969 biographical story
36
A poor man and his wife the judge and Abu Nuwas folktale
38
A misunderstanding moral tale
152
Shipwreck biographical story
154
An argument over water tribal history
156
A visit to friends in London biographical story
158
The jinn and the lost camel folktale
160
Kddet tribal history
162
Abu Nuwas and the old ladys corpse folktale
168
The just ruler folktale
172

Abu Nuwas and the sandals folktale
40
Poem
48
A version from English
58
An unfaithfull sister folktale
62
Astrologers biographical story
66
Conversation
70
Conversation
72
Conversation
74
Conversation
76
The sharpshooter tribal history
78
The visit of an uncle biographical story
80
A man who died of thirst tribal history
82
A boy who didnt like work dialogue
86
Boys who were refused a drink of milk biographical story
90
The poor boy in the icy pool and Abu Nuwas folktale
95
The Jinni wife folktale
98
Love and Marriage biographical story
104
Pawning a rifle dialogue
106
A true story of witchcraft beliefs
108
A demon called serek beliefs
110
Abu Zayd alHilali folktale
112
Looking for rooms biographical snippet
118
Conversation
120
The rewards of virtue folktale
122
A camelmans encounter with cow herds biographical story
126
The rulers daughter translation from Jahn
128
A version from English
134
A version from English
138
The reluctant reciter conversation
140
A visit to St Pauls biographical story
142
Womens wiles folktale
146
A marriage journey dialogue
148
Conversation with a returned emigre
150
The kind ruler a version from English
174
The false one and the honest one incomplete
176
The Sayar raid tribal history
178
Camel herders and goat herders tribal history
180
Northern and Southern Mehris biographical story
182
bedim
184
Four starving men and a date moral tale
186
A desert island kingdom folktale
190
Aziz dies for his friends moral tale
196
A brave man and his relatives moral tale
202
Collecting honey moral tale
206
A poem
210
A misunderstanding dialogue
212
Hyaenas and wizards beliefs
214
A brave Mehri boy tribal history
216
Biographical story
218
Husn mabda folktale
220
Conditional sentences
228
Poems couplets
230
Treasure Trove tribal history
232
Sweet potatoes biographical story
234
Mothers advice dialogue
240
A saint perhaps? beliefs
248
A stroke cured by incantation beliefs
250
Bringing home a wife through enemy territory biographical story
252
A pool that was not haunted moral tale
262
Dialogue
264
The man who gave away his supplies moral tale
274
A fox tale folktale
278
Marriage beliefs
288
Dialogue
290
A version of Gullivers travels
294
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