Waves of Arabization and the vernaculars of North Africa

An annotated bibliography

Authored by: Christophe Pereira

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138783331
eBook ISBN: 9781315147062
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Maghrebi Arabic (henceforth MA) is opposed to Mashreqi Arabic and to fu??? (i.e. classical and modern standard) Arabic. The main feature that differentiates them is the first-person imperfect prefix: whereas in MA it is n- in the singular (n-?kt?b ‘I write’) and n- plus suffix -u in the plural (n-?ktb-u ‘we write’), we find a- in the singular (a-ktib) and n- in the plural (n-aktib) in Mashreqi Arabic, and ?- in the singular (?-aktub) ‘I write’ and n- in the plural (n-aktub ‘we write’) in fu??? Arabic. By comparing the distribution of first-person prefixes, Peter Behnstedt has identified the transition areas that mark the eastern limits of MA in Egypt (Behnstedt 1998a).

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