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The Arabic dialect of a Šawāwī community of Northern Oman

Eades, D 2009, 'The Arabic dialect of a Šawāwī community of Northern Oman' , in: Arabic dialectology: In honour of Clive Holes on the occasion of his 60th birthday , Studies in Semitic languages and Linguistics (53) , Brill, Leiden; Boston, pp. 77-98.

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    Abstract

    This article examines the Arabic dialect of a Šawāwī community of northern Oman. The Šawāwī are nomadic pastoralists who live in the mountainous interior of Oman, and are distinguished from the sedentary populace of the towns and villages of the mountain region by their lifestyle, patterns of social interaction, and dialect. The aim of the present study is to describe certain structural features of the dialect and to place the findings within the broader Omani typological context. The primary classificatory division of Omani dialects is that of the familiar socially based sedentary (S) versus Bedouin (B) dichotomy, the former being spoken among the historically settled populations of the mountain regions, and the latter by the nomadic and recently settled communities of the deserts. In the present study it is shown that in spite of the nomadic background of the Šawāwī, their dialect conforms in all respects with the Omani S type (Holes 1989, 1996). The results of the present study illustrate that the division of dialects into the S and B types does not correspond with a set of clear-cut social and economic contrasts to the same degree as in the northern Arab world (Holes 1996:50).

    Item Type: Book Section
    Editors: de Jong, R and Al-Wer, E
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Memory, Text and Place
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
    Publisher: Brill
    Refereed: Yes
    Series Name: Studies in Semitic languages and Linguistics
    Depositing User: DC Eades
    Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2010 16:53
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2014 11:46
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9638

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