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Phonetics Phonology

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Languages which find themselves in situations of contact with other languages generally undergo a process of mutual lexical borrowing. ANA is no exception in this regard. The manifest difficulties associated with ascertaining an unequivocal etymology of each and every lexeme aside, such a classification would not give an accurate description of the synchronic state of ANA, which is the primary aim of this chapter. It is surely far more logical to divide the nouns of the dialect into two synchronically significant categories, viz. nouns that follow ANA morphological patterns for nouns and those that do not. This leaves us with a situation wherein we shall necessarily classify together nouns assumed to be ultimately of Aramaic stock, of Kurdish origin, Arabic origin, or for that matter of any derivation, which end in an -a and follow the morphological patterns for the so-called "native" stock is outlined in the chapter.

Keywords:ANA morphological patterns; etymology



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