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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 way of Christian Arab migrants (probably from Asia Minor and Syria). It represents the end result of a distinct linguistic and cultural synthesis drawing on Arabic, Aramaic, and Greek; its Arabic part additionally indicates a hybrid areal profile combining larger Syrian characteristics with formal positive factors ordinary of the modern S.E.Anatolian-Mesopotamian dialectal continuum. a couple of 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 history of in depth comparative fabric from the Arabic dialects, previous Arabic, and colloquial and literary kinds of Aramaic. Many Cypriot Arabic phrases are right here mentioned with illustrative examples and ethnographic statement the place appropriate. Cypriot Arabic is an endangered language; the current thesaurus is the main entire lexical checklist of this scientifically interesting number of peripheral Arabic. it really is basically meant for orientalists and linguists focusing on comparative Semitics and Arabic dialectology.

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