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A Transcription And Translation Of Haflat Ibrahim Al-Jabarin

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Most obviously, transcription into an Arabic script renders the text more accessible to native speakers of the language. Moreover, the popularity of Arabic dialectal poetry in many parts of the Arab World, among both Palestinians and others, and in both written and oral forms, provides another incentive for using the Arabic script. The loss of context, of course, occurs at the level of transcription, the move from a situated oral text to a decontextualized written one. The performance itself posed a number of difficulties for transcription. The melodic nature of the poetry adds another level of complexity to the texts since it can cause the artificial lengthening and shortening of vowels. In addition, as is inevitable in this type of oral performance, the poetry was sometimes difficult to decipher, given the high level of background noise in parts of the audio recording on which one relied for the transcription.

Keywords: Arabic dialectal poetry; Arabic script; Palestinians

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