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South Semitic Languages
(10,109 words)

1. Extralinguistic situation

In this discussion of the relationship between Arabic and the South Semitic languages, Arabic is represented by its two forms: (i) the literary written form, Classical Arabic, and its somewhat modified modern variant, Modern Standard Arabic; and (ii) the spoken form, called Neo-Arabic, represented by a large number of local and social dialects and ‘intermediate’…

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Anna Gr. Belova, “South Semitic Languages”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0317>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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