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Dissertation Information

Title: Baṭḥari Language of Oman: Towards a Descriptive Grammar Add Dissertation
Author: Fabio Gasparini Update Dissertation
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Institution: Università degli studi di Napoli L'Orientale, Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies
Completed in: 2018
Linguistic Subfield(s): Language Documentation; Anthropological Linguistics;
Subject Language(s): Bathari
Director(s): Riccardo Contini
Giorgio Banti

Abstract: This dissertation concerns a preliminary description of the Baṭḥari language of Oman. My interest in Baṭḥari rises from it being one of the few Semitic languages for which a grammatical analysis has not been carried out yet. Its status of extreme endangerment and imminent death added even more curiosity and desire to get to know the language and its speakers. Notwithstanding all the difficulties that such a goal inevitably entails, I can genuinely say that I managed to achieve most part of my initial purposes: as to say, to develop an unprecedented analysis of Baṭḥari and fill a considerable gap in MSAL and Semitic studies as a whole. Future research will hopefully add new, very much needed details on this subject. Baṭḥari being an endangered language on the verge of extintion, I tried to focus my analysis on the traits that the speakers consistently share. However, variation will be addressed where pertinent. My work covers the most relevant phono-morphological features of the language, with minor insights into syntax and semantics. Chapter 1 gives a general introduction to MSAL studies, to Baṭḥari and presents the background of my research. Chapter 3 is devoted to an analysis of Baṭḥari phonology, with major attention to topics such as the realisation of emphatics and the relationship between stress, vowel length and syllabic structure. Chapters from 4 to 10 cover the main morphological categories of Baṭḥari. A very brief report over Baṭḥari syntax and lexicon is given in chapters 11 and 12. Lastly, a sample text is reported in chapter 13.