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The Arabic Dialect Of Šawāwī Community Of Northern Oman

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This chapter describes certain structural and lexical features of the speech of a Šawāwī community who live in the hinterland of Izki in the interior of northern Oman, and to place the findings within the broader Omani typological context. It shows that the language of the corpus conforms with the S1 type proposed by Clive Holes(1989, 1996), the type which includes the dialects of sedentary communities throughout northern Oman, with the exception of some communities of the Jabal Akhdar region in which S2 dialects are spoken. The chapter illustrates Holes (1996:52) observation that in social terms the categories Bedouin and sedentary are not as clearly demarcated in Oman as they are in the Fertile Crescent. It also discusses that the dialect of the Šawāwī mountain nomads of the Izki region of northern Oman conforms in every respect with the Omani S type.

Keywords: Šawāwī community; Clive Holes; mountain nomads; northern Oman; Omani dialects



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