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Greek and Arabic (Early Contacts)
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Our direct documentation of Arabic in pre-Islamic centuries is limited to the inscriptions in Early North Arabic, which does not allow us to study language contact phenomena as is the case with other Semitic and Hamitic peoples who lived within the states of the Seleucids and the Ptolemies. During the Hellenistic period about twenty Greek loanwords were for certain borrowed into Arabic via Aramaic and Middle …

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Vit Bubenik, “Greek and Arabic (Early Contacts)”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000146>
First published online: 2013

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