Alexander Borg's A Comparative Glossary of Cypriot Maronite Arabic: With an PDF

By Alexander Borg

ISBN-10: 9004131981

ISBN-13: 9789004131989

Cypriot Arabic, an unwritten language and mom tongue of a number of hundred bilingual (Arabic/Greek) Maronites from Kormakiti (N.W. Cyprus), developed from a medieval Arabic colloquial dropped at the island by means of Christian Arab migrants (probably from Asia Minor and Syria). It represents the end result of a different linguistic and cultural synthesis drawing on Arabic, Aramaic, and Greek; its Arabic part additionally exhibits a hybrid areal profile combining higher Syrian qualities with formal good points regular of the modern S.E.Anatolian-Mesopotamian dialectal continuum. a few infrequent Aramaic substratal components in Cypriot Arabic recommend a comparatively early separation of its dad or mum dialect from mainstream Arabic. This lexicon surveys approximately 2000 Cypriot Arabic phrases opposed to the historical past of intensive comparative fabric from the Arabic dialects, outdated Arabic, and colloquial and literary different types of Aramaic. Many Cypriot Arabic phrases are right here brought up with illustrative examples and ethnographic statement the place appropriate. Cypriot Arabic is an endangered language; the current thesaurus is the main accomplished lexical list of this scientifically fascinating number of peripheral Arabic. it really is essentially meant for orientalists and linguists focusing on comparative Semitics and Arabic dialectology.

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Saro la-meal/rna 'er verlieB ihn = seineD Paiestiman (LeVIJ1 1987j' 2),dsee also Lebanese (Koutsoudas 1967a, b), ob)«! marker In tell ,an Iraqi (Blaec (96400130), Concerning the anese rinftuenc. pr_--"I_ ~ue qui. 1''--''''''' tr- rob}t1 dir..... ie tuclq\ldols .... un verne: t . 'f 1 IA Partlcule 1- (l) ranslh, e dialecte Iibanais e:- devant un nom ou un pronom r: 7k,,~ . A. fiscbtr UU""gr IS not unknOWn' . l~e-~lasslcal Object-markiAng s~rvives only reSidually in Neo-Aramaic, for instance, in the Mlai)so variety (jastrow 1994a:53), Particularly noteworthy in CyA is its restnchon on use of the object-marker {I-) exclusively before definite and animate objects.

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