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Aramaic/Syriac Loanwords
(3,244 words)

1. Arabic and Aramaic

During the first half of the 1st millennium B.C.E. Aramaic dialects spread from their original home around the Upper Euphrates (Aram Naharayim) into Syria and Mesopotamia. By the time the Achaemenid Empire was established in the 6th century B.C.E. most areas of Syria-Palestine and Mesopotamia were Aramaic-speaking. Different forms of Aramaic became the dominating spoken language of these areas until the Islamic conq…

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Jan Retsö, “Aramaic/Syriac Loanwords”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 13 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0024>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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