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Arabic After The Conquests

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This chapter discusses the linguistic situation in the conquered territories after the emergence of Islam resulting from the new ecological complex. It also introduces Middle Arabic texts as a body of evidence for a phase of interlanguage within the new linguistic and communicative context of the conquered territories. Due to the written nature of this textual evidence, earliest written record of the collaborative nature of the process of learning Arabic in the urban centers of the conquered territories are presented. As such, Middle Arabic is a record of a phase of interlanguage during an attempt to learn Classical Arabic. It must be looked at here merely as a strong indicator that Arabs were also active in the new innovations induced by the new sedentary ecology. The chapter examines the linguistic features of the New Arabic vernaculars, their emergence and their role in the process of Arabicization.

Keywords: Arabic vernaculars; Arabicization process; Islam; Middle Arabic texts



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