Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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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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(4 words)

see Velarization
Date: 2018-04-01


(5,660 words)

Author(s): Salman H. Al-Ani
1. Introduction Phonetics is the science of describing the speech sounds of a language. The focus in the following description of Arabic speech sounds is on articulatory and acoustic phonetics. The phonetic characteristics of the vowels, consonants, and syllables of the Arabic language are introduced and described. A brief discussion of the vocal organs follows; these are responsible for the articulation of speech, which is produced by the pulmonic airflow that is transmitted from the lungs to the larynx and then to the oral tract. Literary Arabic ( al-fuṣḥā), with occasional and b…
Date: 2018-04-01

Phonological Merger

(1,574 words)

Author(s): Enam Al-Wer
Phonological merger may be defined as a structural change in the sound system of a language by which previously distinct phonemes become one phoneme. Therefore, merger results in the elimination of distinctions, the reduction of distinctive word classes (or lexical sets), and the loss of information. Mergers are very common in human languages, and more common than their counterpart processes which preserve distinctions (e.g. chain shifts) or create distinctions (e.g. phonological splits). An acc…
Date: 2018-04-01

Phonological Split

(1,330 words)

Author(s): Enam Al-Wer
Phonological split is a sound change that leads to additions or alterations in the system of distinctions. In this process, one phoneme divides into two phonemes, which is precisely the opposite of phonological merger. Strictly speaking, splits are the result of the phonemicization of preexisting allophonic variations in the system. It is this type of split which is usually referred to in the study of sound change. The term ‘ split’ is sometimes also used in cases where no clear phonemic distinction occurs, i.e. where the phonological structure of the language is …
Date: 2018-04-01


(5,463 words)

Author(s): Ellen Broselow
1. Definition Every language has a system for mapping meaning to sound. The phonology of a language defines the set of sounds that signal meaning in a language (its phonemes), as well as the principles for combining these sounds into syllables, morphemes, words, and phrases. Two sounds are said to be separate phonemes of a language, or in contrast, when the substitution of one sound for the other can signal a change in meaning. The set of phonemes varies across languages; for example, the contrast between /p/ and /b/ is significant in English (as in pat vs. bat), but not in Arabic. In addit…
Date: 2018-04-01

Phonology: Metrical

(4,641 words)

Author(s): Bruno Paoli
1. General framework Metrical theory was founded by Liberman (1975) and elaborated on by Liberman and Prince (1977), Halle and Vergnaud (1978), Hayes (1980), and others as part of nonlinear phonology, in order to capture the hierarchical and rhythmical nature of stress in a representation of its own, in addition to the segmental matrix which contains other features. Although the theory has later been applied to other phonological phenomena, such as vowel harmony, syllable structure, deletion, and epenthesis, word stress remained the central domain of metrical phonology…
Date: 2018-04-01


(2,837 words)

Author(s): Stefan A. Frisch
1. Definition Phonotactics are the patterns of co-occurrence and avoidance between phonological units in a syllable, word, or phrase. 2. Consonant co-occurrence in Arabic Arabic has phonotactic restrictions between consonants within the verbal roots that have played an important role in the development of phonological theory. Greenberg (1950) was the first systematic quantitative study of these patterns. However, Greenberg noted that these patterns of co-occurrence among consonants in the verbal roots were known to tra…
Date: 2018-04-01


(3,154 words)

Author(s): Avihai Shivtiel
1. Introduction Phraseology (also ‘ idiomaticity’) is a branch of linguistics which deals with fixed combinations of words whose meaning cannot be deduced from the conjoined meanings of their components. Each combination is normally termed an ‘ idiom’, e.g. at sixes and sevens; to put up with; to kick the bucket. It is to be distinguished from cognate terms, such as ‘collocation’, i.e. a fixed combination whose components retain their literal meanings, e.g. economic sanctions; ‘compound’, i.e. a phrase consisting of two or more words, rendering a new meaning, e.g. breakfast; ‘ blend’ o…
Date: 2018-04-01

Pidgin Arabic

(8 words)

see Ki-Nubi ; Juba Arabic
Date: 2018-04-01

Pidgin Arabic: Bongor Arabic

(2,852 words)

Author(s): Xavier Luffin
1. General 1.1 Area Bongor Arabic, locally called árab aná bóngor, less often túrku or túrgu, is a pidginized form of Arabic that is spoken in southwestern Chad in the Mayo-Kebbi area, more specifically in Bongor, a city which is close to the border with Cameroon. Bongor Arabic is used as a lingua franca between the Masa (or Masana) and the Tupuri (two populations who speak a Chadic language and a Niger-Congo language respectively) on the one hand, and Arabic-speaking traders from the north on the other. There are no data concerning the number of speakers. Information concerning the actual…
Date: 2018-04-01


(4,057 words)

Author(s): Mauro Tosco
1. Definitions and generalities Pidginization is, strictly speaking, simply the process whereby a pidgin is brought about. Its definition hinges, therefore, upon a previous delimitation of the concept of pidgin. According to Holm (2000:5), a pidgin is “a reduced language that results from extended contact between groups of people with no language in common”. Generally, but not always, the groups in contact have unequal social (economic, political, etc.) status: the language of the group in power act…
Date: 2018-04-01

Pidgin Madam

(6,053 words)

Author(s): Fida Bizri
Pidgin Madam is a form of Arabic almost forty years old that developed out of the contact between Sinhala speaking Sri Lankan housemaids and their Arab employers (mainly Madams) in Lebanon. The present paper explores the sociolinguistic context in which Pidgin Madam developed, focussing on the maids’ mimetic acquisition of a highly reduced spectrum of Arabic received as input, as well as on the converging accommodative strategies enacted by their Arab interlocutors. The main linguistic characteristics of Pidgin Madam are then traced, with a transcribed and annotated audio sample. 1.…
Date: 2018-04-01

Place names

(5 words)

see Toponyms
Date: 2018-04-01


(4 words)

see Number
Date: 2018-04-01