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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 through Christian Arab migrants (probably from Asia Minor and Syria). It represents the end 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 features with formal positive factors common 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 guardian dialect from mainstream Arabic. This lexicon surveys approximately 2000 Cypriot Arabic phrases opposed to the historical past of in depth comparative fabric from the Arabic dialects, previous Arabic, and colloquial and literary types of Aramaic. Many Cypriot Arabic phrases are the following pointed out with illustrative examples and ethnographic statement the place proper. Cypriot Arabic is an endangered language; the current thesaurus is the main accomplished lexical list of this scientifically interesting number of peripheral Arabic. it's essentially meant for orientalists and linguists focusing on comparative Semitics and Arabic dialectology.

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