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Middle Arabic
(6,027 words)

1. Definition

The very term ‘ Middle Arabic’ is ambiguous because of the history of its use, the multiple meanings of the term ‘middle’ (historically middle, sociolinguistically intermediate, linguistically mixed – not to mention the middling quality of texts, in the opinion of some people), and the variety of views on the history of the Arabic language. Different definitions or characterization…

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Jérôme Lentin, “Middle Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0213>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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