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 delivered to the island through 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 indicates a hybrid areal profile combining higher Syrian characteristics with formal positive factors 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 guardian dialect from mainstream Arabic. This lexicon surveys approximately 2000 Cypriot Arabic phrases opposed to the history of intensive comparative fabric from the Arabic dialects, previous Arabic, and colloquial and literary kinds of Aramaic. Many Cypriot Arabic phrases are the following stated with illustrative examples and ethnographic remark the place appropriate. Cypriot Arabic is an endangered language; the current word list is the main entire lexical checklist of this scientifically interesting number of peripheral Arabic. it truly is essentially meant for orientalists and linguists focusing on comparative Semitics and Arabic dialectology.

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D (Brockel 585), GAr to5 Ara am alpasqyti, etc. , Syriac and Palmyrene; schaU 1960, H. Drijvers 1995) was one salient facet of a process of 'globalization' in the ancient world. a one-time ~ncient lingua franca "that might take a man from MarseIlles to IndIa, from the Caspian to the Cataracts" (Tarn 1938:3), Greek was still the "Weltsprache des HeUenismus" (Schwyzer 1953:116) when the Arabs experienced "the processes of Romanization and Hellenization for four centuries or so" (Shahid 1984:1 53).

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