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The classification of Bedouin Arabic: insights from Northern Jordan

Herin, Bruno and Younes, Igor and Al-wer, Enam and Al-Sirour, Youssef (2021) 'The classification of Bedouin Arabic: insights from Northern Jordan.' Languages, 7 (1). p. 1. ISSN 2226-471X

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Abstract

The goal of the present paper is to provide a revaluation of the classification of the Bedouin dialects of Northern Arabia and the Southern Levant, based on published or publicly available data and on first-hand data recently collected amongst some Bedouin tribes in Northern Jordan. We suggest extending previous classifications that identify three types of dialects, namely A (ʿnizi), B (šammari), and C (šāwi). Although intermediary or mixed types combining šammari features with šāwi features were already noted, our data suggest that further combinations are possible, either because they had so far been unnoticed or because recent levelling and dialect mixing have blurred the boundaries between some of the varieties.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article belongs to the Special Issue The Classification of Arabic Dialects: Traditional Approaches, New Proposals, and Methodological Problems
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arabic dialectology; classification; Bedouin Arabic; Jordan; Masāʿīd
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2022 17:24
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2022 17:33
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31793

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