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Vocalised Judaeo-Arabic Manuscripts In The Cairo Genizah

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The Cairo Genizah collections include a number of fragments containing Judaeo-Arabic texts that are vocalised with Hebrew vowel signs. The majority of these are datable to the High Middle Ages, as is the case with the bulk of the Genizah manuscripts. A few vocalized Judaeo-Arabic fragments can be dated to a later period. This chapter examines some aspects of the linguistic background of these texts from the two periods. The corpus will be divided into the medieval texts and the later texts. The late examples of vocalised Judaeo-Arabic can be dated to the Ottoman period, judging by linguistic parallels with other Judaeo-Arabic texts from this period. The chapter describes following features for each of these groups of manuscripts: 1) the orthography and its relationship to the vocalization; 2) the linguistic form of the Arabic reflected by the vocalisation signs; 3) the linguistic background of the Hebrew vocalisation signs.

Keywords: Cairo Genizah; Hebrew vocalisation signs; Judaeo-Arabic texts; medieval texts; Ottoman period; vocalized Judaeo-Arabic fragments



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