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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 Islam…

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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 15 December 2019 <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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