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Phonological outcomes of language contact in the Palestinian Arabic dialect of Jaffa

Horesh, U (2014) Phonological outcomes of language contact in the Palestinian Arabic dialect of Jaffa. University of Essex.


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This is a thesis in variationist sociolinguistics. It attempts to make a contribution to the study of a dialect of Arabic?Palestinian Arabic?spoken in a region where the population is gradually becoming engulfed in a language, which was once quite similar to Arabic, namely Hebrew, but has undergone drastic changes, particularly in its phonological structure, as a result of contact with European languages. Now, Modern Hebrew is acting as a colonizing language vis-�-vis Palestinian Arabic, and in this study we are exploring the effects the contact between the two languages on the phonology of Arabic in the town of Jaffa, where Arabic-speaking Palestinians and Hebrew-speaking Israeli Jews reside, perhaps not in harmony, but nonetheless in the same urban space. Employing quantitative methods for one linguistic variable and a sociohistorical analysis for another, we make the case that the two variables observed in this study are but a fragment of the entire complex. Examples from the data collected are provided and briefly analyzed, some of which are from other domains of the language, and these will be further explored at a later date.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic
Depositing User: Uri Horesh
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2016 13:23
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2019 22:15

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