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Some aspects of Diglossia as reflected in the vocabulary of literary and colloquial arabic

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This chapter focuses on diglossic differences between literary and colloquial Arabic mainly from the morpho-phonological and lexico-semantic aspects. The lexical part of the language is probably the area that most clearly distinguishes between these varieties of Arabic. Our survey deals with phonology, morphology and lexicon/semantics. The chapter also deals with phonological features that distinguish literary Arabic from colloquial Arabic. Literary and colloquial Arabic reveal differences on all linguistic levels, including phonology, morphology and syntax, in addition to vocabulary, as described in Ferguson. The brief description of phonological and morphological differences between literary and colloquial Arabic lexical pairs is intended to demonstrate processes that distinguish literary from colloquial Arabic. The chapter focuses on literary and colloquial Arabic vocabulary. It is assumed that the Arabic language will continue its basic path sweeping along all the "side trimmings" noted in the changes of its vocabulary.

Keywords: Arabic lexical pairs; colloquial Arabic; diglossic differences; literary Arabic



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