By University of Zaragoza
Equipped at the scarce, yet no longer insignificant surviving fabrics of Andalusi Arabic, this paintings presents a synchronic descriptive survey as entire as attainable of its easy grammar and lexicon, plus a few diachronic comparative comments, permitting the reader to procure a close to actual photograph of this subject-matter.
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Embedded in Arabic documents, clearly points to a feature of the Mozarabs’ idiolects. But this trait might have survived among some communities after having forsaken Christianity, and even their Rm. language, as suggested by those place names. 68 The phonemic status of /ˇ c/ was very pointedly stated by A. Alonso 1967, on the evidence of Andalusian place names transcribed in Cs. , etc. , Alc. dujánbir “December”, from Lt. D˘ecember, and járra “cleaned flax”, from Lt. cirrus, vs. chirr “fetlock”.
Cs. algarroba and Pt. alfarroba, from SA harr¯ubah. ¯ Eventually, by taking one more step, that allophone could easily become /w/ in some AA items, like VA ›lawwah‹ “lioness” for AA lábwa, ›a(b)w¯ab‹ “doors”, and Alc. , Cs. ataúd, Pt. and Gl. ataúde, Ct. ataüt “coffin”, from AA attabút and Gl. , from AA zabbúˇg “wild olive tree”, with the Rm. , from AA qalá #at turáb “mudbrick wall castle”). , Cs. , from AA hárat al #aráb “the Arabs’ quarter”), also under the effect of ˙ Rm. phonetic preferences, furthermore favoured by the weakness of the AA articulation.
3 On the other hand, it stands to reason that, if there was an undeniable - as low register trend to merge /d/ and /d/, this could not fail to affect /d/, ¯ ˙ velarisation was a feature prone to be inhibited in that same low register of AA. A velarised voiced dental stop as realization of /d/, like the one current ˙ in most urban dialects of NA, may have been introduced already by some of the first Arab invaders or, more likely, by subsequent waves of Eastern immigrants of urban stock, or even just brought back home by pilgrims, scholars or half-learned traders, who imitated the prestigious pronunciation of the main Middle Eastern cities.
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