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1. Introduction

Sociolinguists dealing with Bedouin-sedentary Arabic contact identify several stages of transition from Bedouin to urban Arabic. Cadora (1992:1), for example, cites the following five stages:

Bedouin ⇒ Bedouin-Rural ⇒ Rural ⇒ Rural-Urban ⇒ Urban

This is a gradual process that takes place when nomadic tribes settle in sedentary rural or urban areas and level their speech patterns in the direction…

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Farida Abu-Haidar, “Bedouinization”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 28 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0038>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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