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Arabic Historical Dialectology: Linguistic and Sociolinguistic Approaches

Clive Holes


This book, by a group of leading international scholars, outlines the history of the spoken dialects of Arabic from the Arab conquests of the seventh century up to the present day. It specifically investigates the evolution of Arabic as a spoken language, in contrast to the many existing studies that focus on written Classical or Modern Standard Arabic. The volume begins with a discursive introduction that deals with important issues in the general scholarly context, including the indigenous myth and probable reality of the history of Arabic; Arabic dialect geography and typology; types of int ... More

Keywords: Arabic dialectology, history of Arabic, Middle Arabic, Arabic dialect geography, Arabic dialect typology, communal Arabic dialect, tribal Arabic dialect, Judaeo-Arabic, b- verbal prefix, Arabic dialect shift

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198701378
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198701378.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clive Holes, editor
Emeritus Professorial Fellow, Magdalen College, University of Oxford