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Judeo-Arabic, North Africa, Hebrew Component in
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Most Jewish communities in the four countries of North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya) possessed dialects of Judeo-Arabic that differed from those of their Muslim neighbors. In many cases the differences between the Jewish and Muslim dialects concerned grammar and lexicon, for example the pronunciation of the consonant /q/ in Arabic in the Tafilalt region of Morocco, which was pronounced [q] by some Muslims and [g] by others, while the Jews pronounced it [k], e.g., in Muslim Arabic [bəqra] or [bəgra], as opposed to Judeo-Arabic [b…

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Bar-Asher, Moshe, “Judeo-Arabic, North Africa, Hebrew Component in”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 13 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000076>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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