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Qalqala means ‘commotion’ or ‘disturbance’, phonetically amounting to the insertion of a schwa after certain consonants. The term qalqala is an echo word that is reminiscent of other similar terms that were employed in marking or classifying speech characteristics of various Arab speech communities or tribes, notably ʿagʿaga, that is, substituting [ig] for [i:] at the word end, as in [tami:mi:] > [tami:mig] ‘from Tamīm’; ʿanʿana, i.e. substituting [ˁ] for [ˀ], as in [ˀ…

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Solomon Sara, “Qalqala”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 16 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_000005>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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