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Bedouin Arabic

(5,610 words)

Author(s): Judith Rosenhouse
1. Introduction Bedouin Arabic is the colloquial Arabic spoken by speakers who are or consider themselves to be of Bedouin origin. Bedouin dialects have been divided into nomadic and semi-nomadic groups, according to their way of living and its effect on their dialects. Bedouin speakers, whether nomadic or not, constitute one of the two major demographically determined dialect groups of colloquial Arabic, the other one being sedentary dialects. In many regions, however, contemporary dialects are mixtures of Bedouin and sedentary dialects, and the distinction b…
Date: 2018-04-01

Jerusalem Arabic

(6,281 words)

Author(s): Judith Rosenhouse
1. General Jerusalem Arabic is the colloquial Arabic dialect spoken in Jerusalem. It includes three communal subdialects of the Muslims, Christians, and Jews, although the differences among them are not large (Blanc 1960). Jerusalem Arabic is an urban dialect within the larger dialect area of aš-Šām, which extends from Syria to Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. The dialects of this region are part of the Eastern dialects within the Arabic-speaking world. The number of Jerusalem's inhabitants is at present about 500,000 people (mainly Jewish since the establishment of I…
Date: 2018-10-27

Verbal Noun

(3,376 words)

Author(s): Judith Rosenhouse
1. Introduction A verbal noun (maṣdar) is a fixed nominal form associated with the derived forms or patterns of the verb ( ʾawzān). Following the Arabic tradition since Sībawayhi, who calls it also ḥadat̲ān and ḥadat̲ (cf. Levin 1998:917, n. 3; Ditters 1985), Šarṭūnī (1958) defines the maṣdar as “what denotes a situation or event without time”. Verbal nouns are a basic structure in Classical Arabic, Literary Arabic (or Modern Standard Arabic or Educated Standard Arabic), and Colloquial Arabic. Differences exist among their forms and use. The…
Date: 2020-08-01