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An Arabic Text from Ṣūr, Oman

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The dialect geography of northern Oman is now known in broad outline, though much of the detail still remains to be described. What is clear is that the Omani dialects form a coherent group separate from the Bedouin-descended dialects of the Gulf countries like Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, but in many respects are similar to the 'sedentary' dialects of the Baḥārna of Bahrain and eastern Saudi Arabia. Subordinate to this, contemporary differences within the Omani dialect group relate mainly to (historical) life-style: the dialects of the desert milieu (= 'B', for Bedouin) on the one hand, and those of the settled populations of the mountain valleys and mountain fringes (= 'S' for sedentary) on the other. This chapter presents some of the salient morpho-syntactic peculiarities found in virtually all Omani dialects, whether B or S.

Keywords: Ṣūr; Arabic text; Bahrain; dialect geography; morpho-syntactic peculiarities; Oman



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