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A Poem In The Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect Of Sanandaj

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This chapter presents a sample of creative linguistic activity in the form of a poem composed by a neo-Aramaic speaker from Sanandaj in Iran. The nuclear stress, which is the most prominent stress of the intonation group, is marked by a grave accent (v') and the non-nuclear stress is marked by an acute accent(v´). One problem with the etymology, for example is that the k- appears in the paradigm of the presentative copula in some dialects. When a consonant is elided between two syllable nuclei as in the ending the two vowels coalesce into a diphthong, the first vowel being the nucleus and the second the coda of the syllable. For this reason the stress is placed on the penultimate vowel, since the final vowel is non-syllabic. The pharyngalization was subsequently lost as a suprasegmental feature but left a vestige in the pharyngal segment.

Keywords: consonant; diphthong; etymology; Jewish Neo-aramaic Dialect; paradigm; pharyngalization; poem; Sanandaj; syllable; vowels



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