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Dialects: Genesis
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1. Introduction

Scholarly discussions about the genesis of the Arabic dialects have always been connected by another crucial issue: the linguistic situation in Arabia before Islam and its relation to the linguistic variety of the Qurʾān and poems attributed to pre-Islamic poets. Yet, there are very few studies devoted exclusively to dialects in the pre-Islamic period (Rabin 1951; Owens, forthcoming 2).

Arabic dialects appeared after the expan…

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Soha Abboud-Haggar, “Dialects: Genesis”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0088>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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