Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard and Rudolf de Jong

The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online comprehensively covers all aspects of Arabic languages and linguistics. It is interdisciplinary in scope and represents different schools and approaches in order to be as objective and versatile as possible. The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online is cross-searchable and cross-referenced, and is equipped with a browsable index. All relevant fields in Arabic linguistics, both general and language specific are covered and the Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online includes topics from interdisciplinary fields, such as anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and computer science.

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Yemen

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Author(s): Martine Vanhove
Today, our better knowledge of the Yemeni Arabic varieties, although still fragmented, shows that the dialectal limits do not strictly correspond to the political boundaries of the 20th century. From the available data, it is possible to draw a typological classification (see map). It is still provisional because of the lack of data in many places, and some of the geographical limits are still vague, particularly in the central part of the country where no extensive study has been achieved yet. For the former Yemen Arab Republic in the west, Behnstedt (1985) proposed, after Die…