By Alexander Borg
Cypriot Arabic, an unwritten language and mom tongue of a number of hundred bilingual (Arabic/Greek) Maronites from Kormakiti (N.W. Cyprus), advanced from a medieval Arabic colloquial dropped at the island via Christian Arab migrants (probably from Asia Minor and Syria). It represents the end result of a distinct linguistic and cultural synthesis drawing on Arabic, Aramaic, and Greek; its Arabic part additionally indicates a hybrid areal profile combining higher Syrian features with formal beneficial properties normal of the modern S.E.Anatolian-Mesopotamian dialectal continuum. a few infrequent Aramaic substratal parts in Cypriot Arabic recommend a comparatively early separation of its father or mother dialect from mainstream Arabic. This lexicon surveys approximately 2000 Cypriot Arabic phrases opposed to the historical past of intensive comparative fabric from the Arabic dialects, outdated Arabic, and colloquial and literary types of Aramaic. Many Cypriot Arabic phrases are right here mentioned with illustrative examples and ethnographic remark the place suitable. Cypriot Arabic is an endangered language; the current word list is the main finished lexical list of this scientifically interesting number of peripheral Arabic. it's essentially meant for orientalists and linguists focusing on comparative Semitics and Arabic dialectology.
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V:1~2): ~Ha1;t lufte, luila, etc. I(uch 1993;6-7,389). l! Il1Il and uses of Syriac ;)'it have been h ' tJ\' '1\ lifi l ' ex aus l e~emr t"u III R, Payne Smith (1879:172). the aforementioned t'\prt',~"lon 'il b ~, seems not to occur in this language· 97 it also appears t0~('unknowl1 1Il PI ," . m Targunuc 1990) and Ul t h," Ian~ua~e of the EI ep hantme ' papyri (Muraoka/Porten 1998)' it is " h\'')\\t''