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Subjunctive

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Date: 2018-04-01

Personal Pronoun (Arabic Dialects)

(2,857 words)

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The pronominal system of Arabic dialects has one characteristic in common with other varieties of the Arabic language and other Semitic languages: it consists of a series of independent pronouns and a series of suffixed pronouns, whose form may vary from region to region for various reasons, among which are the influence of the substratum (e.g. the Aramaic substratum in the Syrian-Lebanese area; see Diem 1971) and its own internal evolution, or even a mixture of both (see Behnstedt 1991). These …
Date: 2018-04-01

Compounds

(2,285 words)

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Naḥt is the term Arab grammarians use for the word formational method whereby a new form is coined out of two or more independent words, a process similar to what in English is referred to by such terms as ‘blending’ and ‘fusion’. Morphologically, this term derives from the root n-ḥ-t ‘to carve, hew, chisel’. Thus, Arabic manḥūtāt (pl. of manḥūt), ‘ naḥt-type constructions’, are words, mostly of quadriliteral roots, that are ‘chiseled’ out of other words, so to speak. These constructions, however, are not all of the same compositional and/or functional na…
Date: 2018-04-01

Yuè 粵 Dialects

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Author(s): Bit-chee KWOK | not-specified | Benjamin T'SOU | Andy C. CHIN
1. Background The Yuè dialects (Yuèyǔ 粵語 / Yuè fāngyán 粵方言) refer to a group of Chinese dialects spoken mainly in the central and western parts of Guǎngdōng Province, the southeastern and central parts of the Guǎngxī Zhuàng Autonomous Region, as well as in Hong Kong and Macau. A few Yuè-speaking villages can also be found on the southern coast of Hǎinán Province (Huáng 1991) and the eastern tip of Yúnnán Province (Lǐ Jǐnfāng 2000). In addition to this, a large number of overseas Chinese, especiall…
Date: 2017-03-02