Najdi Arabic: Central Arabian

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 215 pages
The region of Najd in Central Arabia has always been regarded as inaccessible, ringed by a belt of sand deserts, the Nafud, Dahana and the Rub' al-Khali and often with its population at odds with the rulers of the outer settled lands. It is however the centre of a purely Arabian culture based on a partnership between bedouin camel husbandry and settled palm cultivation. Possibly as a result of overpopulation the bedouin have periodically spread over into the lands of the Fertile Crescent. Because of their isolated position the Najdi dialect is of a very interesting and archaic type showing very little non-Arabic influence, which has led to the reputation of the Arabian bedouin as preservers of the original Classical form and considerable prestige being attached to the Najdi type. Consequently the region is a powerhouse of dialect influence so that Najdi based dialects are spoken all along the Gulf Coast and throughout most of the Syrian Desert.
Interest in these dialects has led to a number of recent studies of their oral literature and of the morphology and phonology. Ingham's work concentrates on the grammatical system, syntax and usage and is based on a number of trips to the region over the last fifteen years. The data base includes bedouin oral narrative, ordinary conversation and radio plays.
 

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Contents

1 Najd and the Najdi dialects
1
2 Phonology
13
3 Morphology
21
4 Sentence structure
35
5 The noun phrase structure
47
6 Number and gender
61
7 The verb transitivity system
69
8Tense aspectand aktionsart
87
10 Time and condition structures
131
11 Texts
149
Appendix 1 Lexicon of Najdi items
173
Appendix 2 Local dialect differences
193
Footnotes
197
References
207
Index
213
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9 Modality in the sentence
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