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FYI: Soqotri MEHAZELO (Cinderella) Folktale MP3

Author: Vladimir Agafonov

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Soqotri

FYI Body: An MP3 recorded fragment of a Soqotri (Modern South Arabian language)
MEHAZELO folktale with its PDF transcription is available now at
SemArch-Semitisches Tonarchiv of Heidelberg University. The text features
the Northeastern Soqotri dialect of Qarya:


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

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