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The size of the corpora in this chapter differs considerably. The reason for this uneven distribution lies in the fact that the majority of Genizah documents comes from the 11th to the 13th century. Few letters from the 15th and 16th century can be found. Another large group of letters come from the late 18th and early 19th century but only few of those have been published. The chapter provides a comprehensive examination of the register of letters and an evaluation of both dialectal and classical features of the epistolary language. In the case of Judaeo-Arabic, such investigations are too ambitious because within the Jewish religiolects it is difficult to separate between geographical regions due to emigrated dialectism. A short survey revealed enough differences in orthography, morphology and syntax in the Maghrebian sources as opposed to those originating in Egypt to warrant a provisional separation into Egyptian and Maghrebian material.

Keywords: Egyptian material; Genizah documents; Judaeo-Arabic; Maghrebian material



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