A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1: The Near and Middle East
This study offers a thorough analysis of hitherto unknown Arabic dialects
spoken by bedouin tribes inhabiting the northern Sinai littoral. The author
identifies five different dialect groups in the area. He combines his own
extensive material with that from publications on neighbouring dialects to
put this material in a larger dialect-geographical perspective. Proposing a
total of 82 criteria and introducing 'partial isoglosses' to typologically
measure the dialects, he convincingly shows that three dialect groups form
a continuum - a 'linguistic bridge' - connecting the bedouin type of
dialects spoken in the Negev and southern Jordan with the sedentary type of
dialects spoken in the Nile Delta. An appendix with 77 maps completes the
picture. Arabists, dialectologists, semitists and sociolinguists will
welcome this study as a valuable contribution to their fields.