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By Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic at the Faculty of Oriental Studies Geoffrey Khan

Being direct descendants of the Aramaic spoken by means of the Jews in antiquity, the nonetheless spoken Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialects of Kurdistan deserve certain and bright curiosity. Geoffrey Khan's A Grammar of Neo-Aramaic is a different checklist of 1 of those dialects, now at the verge of extinction. This quantity, the results of large fieldwork, includes a description of the dialect spoken by means of the Jews from the area of Arbel (Iraqi Kurdistan), including a transcription of recorded texts and a word list. The grammar involves sections on phonology, morphology and syntax, preceded through an introductory bankruptcy analyzing the placement of this dialect with regards to the opposite recognized Neo-Aramaic dialects. The transcribed texts list folktales and bills of customs, traditions and reports of the Jews of Kurdistan.

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Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic at the Faculty of Oriental's A Grammar of Neo-Aramaic. The dialect of the Jews of Arbel PDF

Being direct descendants of the Aramaic spoken via the Jews in antiquity, the nonetheless spoken Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialects of Kurdistan deserve distinctive and brilliant curiosity. Geoffrey Khan's A Grammar of Neo-Aramaic is a different list of 1 of those dialects, now at the verge of extinction. This quantity, the results of wide fieldwork, incorporates a description of the dialect spoken by way of the Jews from the area of Arbel (Iraqi Kurdistan), including a transcription of recorded texts and a thesaurus.

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2. Cl The affricate /Cl is common in loanwords from Kurdish. Within the native Aramaie stock of vocabulary, however, it is found in only a few isolated words. g. eil 'he knows', Ca 'she knows', Cen 'I know'. icfa clearly results from the coalescence of *ts, < *tisaf. l can be explained as a coalescence of the indicative particle k- with the initial radical y. ) and also in some Christian dialects (Maclean 1895: 126) but not in Jewish Ruwandiz (ken 'I know') or Jewish Urmia (kyen 'I know'). g. Cer 'he goes round', eire 'he went round') appears to have developed by affrication of *k from *kyr (derived ultimately from *krr; cf.

G. ' (S:21), tirale [lfi:rre:le:] 'he went araund it' (S:7). g. karpftt [k'rer'p'u:lf] 'brick' (B:4), terii [lfe:'rre] 'it goes round' (B:116), matirlwälu [mrelfi:'r:wre:lu:] 'they carried them round' (B:70), tay [lfrej] 'tea' (B:137), ti [lfi:] 'none' (B:13). g. tllwa ['lfilwa] 'he knew' (Y:33), la-tiinwa [lre'lfrenwa] 'I did not know' (Y:146), tlwa ['lfi:wa] 'they knew' (Y:216), tipata [lfip'p're:t're] 'a dumpling of meat and rice' (Y:122). g. cayxana [ t~re j 'xa:nre] 'teahouse' (Y:3). As a general rule ltl is aspirated.

G. beta swiita Sriita 'egg' 'satiety' 'lamp' < *beftii < *s/}aftii < *Sraftii < *Sragtii (cf. p) Examples such as these in (i) and (ii) demonstrate that the shift is no Ionger operative in the language. g. t!. g. {/aha 'three' < *tliilii, bar 'after' < *biitar. e 'towns', which may be a variant of the ending -awiile (< *-iiwiite); cf. 1. g. biya 'hause' < *betii, mii 'town' < miitii (Kapeliuk 1997: 534; Fox 1991: 38-39, 1994: 157, 1997: 15-16; Maclean 1895: 338-339; Tsereteli 1961: 247-248). g.

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