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Title: A Grammar of the Bedouin Dialects of the Northern Sinai Littoral
Subtitle: Bridging the Linguistic Gap between the Eastern and Western Arab World
Written By: R.E. de Jong
Series Title: 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.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9004118683
ISBN-13: 9789004118683
Pages: xviii
Prices: U.S. $ 309
Europe EURO 229