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About Bedouin Tents and other Tents, or “Tent Terminology as an Example of Semantic Shift”

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This chapter contains some general remarks on the terms used for the "tent as a portable home". It deals with terms for some other types of tents, such as 'wedding tents', and gives some additions to the commentary on map 197 "Zelt" in "Wortatlas der arabischen Dialekte" (WAD). The chapter inspired by Bruce Ingham's paper, deals with some semantic developments in this context. The MSA equivalent of "tent" is xayma. In CA xayma means "A bayt. of any kind. such as is built, or constructed. by the Arabs. of the branches of trees. but others hold that it is made with pieces of cloth and tent-ropes. it is applied by the Arabs only to a construction of four poles roofed over with ṯumām; and is not of cloths".

Keywords: Arab; Bruce Ingham; semantic developments; tent terminology



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