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By Alexander Borg

ISBN-10: 9004131981

ISBN-13: 9789004131989

Cypriot Arabic, an unwritten language and mom tongue of numerous 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 result of a special 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 positive aspects standard of the modern S.E.Anatolian-Mesopotamian dialectal continuum. a few infrequent Aramaic substratal parts in Cypriot Arabic recommend a comparatively early separation of its mum or dad 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2000 Cypriot Arabic phrases opposed to the historical past of intensive comparative fabric from the Arabic dialects, outdated Arabic, and colloquial and literary different types of Aramaic.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 pointed out with illustrative examples and ethnographic remark the place suitable. Cypriot Arabic is an endangered language; the current thesaurus is the main entire lexical checklist of this scientifically exciting number of peripheral Arabic. it really is basically meant for orientalists and linguists focusing on comparative Semitics and Arabic dialectology.

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