LINGUIST List 11.1283

Thu Jun 8 2000

Qs: Modern Arabic Dialects, Na-Dene/Dene-Caucasian

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  1. Rainer Siemund, Arabic dialect classifications
  2. Vincent DeCaen, Na-Dene/Dene-Caucasian?

Message 1: Arabic dialect classifications

Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2000 10:33:40 +0200
From: Rainer Siemund <>
Subject: Arabic dialect classifications

Hi there,

can anyone help me to classify modern Arabic into dialect areas? One
of the categorisations frequently mentioned in literature is that into
Mahgreb, Egypt, Levantine and Gulf Arabic. Native speakers of Arabic,
however, tell me that this classification is too broad and does not
work in terms of mutual intelligibility among speakers of the same
dialect region. I therefore assume that there must be smaller
clusters. Any idea?

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Message 2: Na-Dene/Dene-Caucasian?

Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2000 17:10:57 -0400 (EDT)
From: Vincent DeCaen <>
Subject: Na-Dene/Dene-Caucasian?

can anyone help me find a state-of-the-art reference on Na-Dene,
especially on Dene-Causian with special reference to comparative
Sino-Tibetan? something with comparative tables would be especially
useful. thanks.
Dr Vincent DeCaen <>
c/o Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Ave., 2d floor
University of Toronto, Toronto ON, CANADA, M5S 1A1

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