The Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Sulemaniyya and Halabja

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This volume contains a detailed grammatical description of the spoken Aramaic dialect of the Jewish communities in the towns of Sulemaniyya and H.alabja in North Eastern Iraq. It also includes a transcription of oral texts recorded in the dialect.
The grammar is based on extensive fieldwork carried out among native speakers. It consists of sections on phonology, morphology and syntax. There is also a study of semantic fields in the lexicon of ...

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Overview

This volume contains a detailed grammatical description of the spoken Aramaic dialect of the Jewish communities in the towns of Sulemaniyya and H.alabja in North Eastern Iraq. It also includes a transcription of oral texts recorded in the dialect.
The grammar is based on extensive fieldwork carried out among native speakers. It consists of sections on phonology, morphology and syntax. There is also a study of semantic fields in the lexicon of the dialect and full glossaries of lexical items.
This Aramaic dialect, which belongs to the North Eastern Neo-Aramaic group, has never been described before. The Jewish communities left Sulemaniyya and H.alabja in the 1950s and the dialect is now on the verge of extinction.

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Geoffrey Khan, Ph.D. (1984) in Semitic Languages, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, is Professor of Semitic Philology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of the British Academy. He has published extensively on medieval Semitic philology and Neo-Aramaic dialectology.
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Table of Contents

Phonology
1 Consonants 19
2 Vowels 39
3 Consonant gemination 51
4 Syllable structure 56
5 Word stress 61
6 Stress groups 67
Morphology
7 Pronouns 73
8 Verbs 80
9 Verb paradigms 145
10 Nouns 159
11 Adjectives 196
12 Numerals 202
13 Particles 208
Syntax and semantics
14 The syntax of nominals 225
15 The syntax of verbs 282
16 The syntax and semantics of prepositions 332
17 The clause 348
18 Clause sequences 397
19 Syntactic subordination of clauses 414
20 The lexicon 443
Texts
Informant R 462
Informant Z 538
Informant A 556
Informant M 562
Informant V 568
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