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Author(s): Solomon Sara
  Definition 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 [ˀanna-ka] > [ˁanna-ka] ‘that you (m.)’; kaškaša, i.e. substituting [ʃ] for [k] in the feminine s…
Date: 2018-04-01