A Descriptive and Comparative Grammar of Andalusi Arabic by University of Zaragoza

By University of Zaragoza

Outfitted at the scarce, yet no longer insignificant surviving fabrics of Andalusi Arabic, this paintings presents a synchronic descriptive survey as entire as attainable of its easy grammar and lexicon, plus a few diachronic comparative comments, permitting the reader to procure a close to exact photograph of this subject-matter.

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In the late borrowings of Alc. infra-correct cabarçón “saddle cover”, < Cs. caparazón, vs. the ultra-correct lapát “priest”, < Cs. el abad). , Alc. lapát “priest” pl. lapápit, cáppa “cloak” pl. quipáp, and cappón “capon” pl. capápin, vs. the less frequent cases of the Rm. loanword cappót “cloak” pl. capípit and the genuine OA zubb “penis” pl. zuppít, presumable witnesses to some diachronic, diastratic or diatopic hesitation, possibly triggered by weakening or faulty reception of phonemic emphasis).

Almijar “drying shed” < AA almanˇsár; Masalcoreig Ld. < mánzal qurayˇs “the inn of Qurayˇs”, Mazaleón Te. < mánzal al #uyún “inn of the springs”, and several other “inns”, in which that /n/ is systematically omitted in their Rm. transcription). , in Yemen; see Rossi 1937:236 and Behnstedt (in Corriente & Vicente 2008:99). It appears that, when the old lateral pronunciation of d¯ad disappeared, replaced among ˙ - urban dwellers unable to articulate interdentals Bedouins by /d/, began to pronounce it as ˙ a voiced velarised dental stop, and in turn, this favoured the unvoiced articulation of /t/, ˙ as it was very convenient for Qur"a¯ nic readers to keep every phoneme apart and free from mergers.

From AA [búrˇg] alhamám “dovecote”) is a mere conse˙ quence of the abhorrence of Cs. for final /m/, not shared by Pt. and Ct. In the case of some place names, apparently having lost a final /m/, this seems 41 See Corriente 1997d: 30 about this item, also reflected in Ml. innifsu. In his pioneering article, Colin 1960 suggested for this item the etymon *li+nafsi+h¯ı, less likely, as it is not used merely as a complement, direct or indirect, but as a reinforcement of the personal pronoun, equivalent of OA bi+nafsi+h¯ı.

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