A Comparative Glossary of Cypriot Maronite Arabic (Arabic-English): With an Introductory Essay Alexander Borg

ISBN: 9789004131989

Published: July 13th 2004

Hardcover

492 pages


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A Comparative Glossary of Cypriot Maronite Arabic (Arabic-English): With an Introductory Essay  by  Alexander Borg

A Comparative Glossary of Cypriot Maronite Arabic (Arabic-English): With an Introductory Essay by Alexander Borg
July 13th 2004 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 492 pages | ISBN: 9789004131989 | 3.18 Mb

Cypriot Arabic, an unwritten language and mother tongue of several hundred bilingual (Arabic/Greek) Maronites from Kormakiti (N.W. Cyprus), evolved from a medieval Arabic colloquial brought to the island by Christian Arab migrants (probably from AsiaMoreCypriot Arabic, an unwritten language and mother tongue of several hundred bilingual (Arabic/Greek) Maronites from Kormakiti (N.W.

Cyprus), evolved from a medieval Arabic colloquial brought to the island by Christian Arab migrants (probably from Asia Minor and Syria). It represents the outcome of a unique linguistic and cultural synthesis drawing on Arabic, Aramaic, and Greek- its Arabic component also shows a hybrid areal profile combining Greater Syrian traits with formal features typical of the contemporary S.E.Anatolian-Mesopotamian dialectal continuum. A number of rare Aramaic substratal elements in Cypriot Arabic suggest a relatively early separation of its parent dialect from mainstream Arabic.

This lexicon surveys about 2000 Cypriot Arabic terms against the background of extensive comparative material from the Arabic dialects, Old Arabic, and colloquial and literary varieties of Aramaic.



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