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Notes on the dialects of the 'Lēgät and Hamädah ah of Southern Sinai

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The book is on is the dialect of the ʿLēgāt, a bedouin tribe who live in the western central part of southern Sinai. It includes notes on the dialect of the Ḥamādah. The Ḥamādah are only few, and are often regarded as a clan of the ʿLēgāt, although various sources claim that they were present in Sinai before the ʿLēgāt. This chapter provides some notable differences between ʿLēgiy/Ḥamādiy and Tuṛḅāniy. It shows that of the two dialects ʿLēgiy and Ḥamādiy, the latter appears to have the most in common with this southern Sinaitic group, while ʿLēgiy occupies a position typologically somewhat nearer to group I. As bedouin dialects spoken in southern Sinai, the phoneme inventories of ʿLēgiy and Ḥamādiy do not hold many surprises. The rules for elision stress and anaptyxis are executed in that same order, that is, like in other bedouin dialects of Sinai.

Keywords: ʿLēgiy; Ḥamādiy; bedouin dialects; Southern Sinai; Tuṛḅāniy



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