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“Some Linguistic Characteristics of Arabic Legal Documents Collected from the Bedouin of the Judean Desert,”

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The purpose of this chapter is to examine some of the linguistic characteristics of a corpus of Arabic legal documents collected by Aharon Layish from Bedouin in the Jerusalem-Bethlehem region during the 1970s. These documents are written in Modern Literary Arabic. More particularly, one might say that the language in which the documents in the present book are composed can be said to be Middle Arabic, normally characterized by clear deviations from Literary Standard Arabic both in spelling and in grammar. The present document, for instance, betray an inadequate command of Literary Arabic grammar and writing on the part of those drafting them, as well as insufficient editing, in the sense that the documents have generally been left in first-draft form.

Keywords:Arabic legal document; Bedouin



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