Najdi Arabic

Central Arabian

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The region of Najd in Central Arabia has always been regarded as inaccessible, ringed by a belt of sand deserts, the Nafūd, Dahana and the Rub’ al-Khāli and often with its population at odds with the rulers of the outer settled lands. It is however the centre of a purely Arabian culture based on a partnership between bedouin camel husbandry and settled palm cultivation. Possibly as a result of overpopulation the bedouin have periodically spread over into the lands of the Fertile Crescent. Because of their isolated position the Najdi dialect is of a very interesting and archaic type showing very little non-Arabic influence, which has led to the reputation of the Arabian bedouin as preservers of the original Classical form and considerable prestige being attached to the Najdi type. Consequently the region is a powerhouse of dialect influence so that Najdi based dialects are spoken all along the Gulf Coast and throughout most of the Syrian Desert.
Interest in these dialects has led to a number of recent studies of their oral literature and of the morphology and phonology. Ingham's work concentrates on the grammatical system, syntax and usage and is based on a number of trips to the region over the last fifteen years. The data base includes bedouin oral narrative, ordinary conversation and radio plays.
[London Oriental and African Language Library, 1]  1994.  xvi, 215 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
xi
Aknowledgements
xiii
Map – Najd and Surrounding Areas
xv
1.Najd and the Najdi dialects
1
2.Phonology
13
3.Morphology
21
4.Sentence Structure
35
5.The Noun Phrase Structure
47
6.Number and Gender
61
7.The Verb Transitivity System
69
8.Tense, Aspect and Aktionsart
87
9.Modality in the Sentence
117
10. Time and Condition Structures
131
11. Texts
149
Appendices
173
Footnotes
197
References
207
Index
211
“This is, to sum up, a linguistic treatise which is based on the careful gathering of a corpus [...], thought-provoking analysis, and an organized format which acts as a model for descriptive insight and synchronic technique.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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