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FYI: Soqotri Arabic Language folktale text in PDF


Author: Vladimir Agafonov

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Soqotri

FYI Body: Soqotri Modern Standard Arabic Language folktale text
in Qalansiya dialect published in California Linguistic Notes,
Vol. XXX, No 1 Spring, 2006

California Linguistic Notes just published in its
Vol. XXX , No 1 Spring, 2006 a Soqotran
folk tale BISMILLA recorded in the dialect of
Qalansiya - the second main town of the island
of Soqotra (Republic of Yemen). The publica-
tion consists of a phonemic transcription (similar
to classical D.-H. Mueller transcriptions) of the
Soqotri tale text as well as its word for word
and free literated translations into English.

The file is freely available in PDF format, at
http://hss.fullerton.edu/linguistics/cln/

For those interested in unwritten, Afrasian, Semitic,
South Arabian languages, traditional folklore,
world heritage issues.

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