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Arabic Influence: Medieval Period
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The majority of Jews who lived during the period corresponding to the European Middle Ages dwelt within the Islamic Empire and spoke Arabic as their mother-tongue. The influence of Arabic upon the Hebrew written by Arabic-speaking Jews during this period is very noticeable indeed. Information on phonology is, in the nature of things, rather limited, but, for example, the realization of [g] as ج [j], mentioned for Iraq already by al-Qirqisāni in the 10th century and current today in Yemenite tradition, suggests tha…

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Hopkins, Simon, “Arabic Influence: Medieval Period”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000389>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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