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1. Diphthongs in Classical Arabic and its dialects

In the Semitic linguistic domain a vowel + glide (w or y) compound is called a diphthong. Its Arabic name has the same meaning: ṣawt murakkab ‘compound sound’. The hypothetical Proto-Semitic diphthongs, *aw/*ay, according to the generally accepted view, are conserved in Old Arabic (Cantineau 1960:102), but this conservation is not at all surprising, since Proto-Semitic phonology has been recons…

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Tamás Iványi, “Diphthongs”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0091>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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