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1. The Neo-Aramaic dialects

The modern Aramaic dialects are the remnants of a wide variety of Old and Middle Aramaic dialects that dominated the Middle East in antiquity. The western variety of Aramaic survived only in three villages in the Qalamūn Mountains in Syria, 60 km north of Damascus, whereas the eastern variety survived until the beginning of the 20th century in large ar…

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Werner Arnold, “Neo-Aramaic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 16 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0228>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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