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Interesting Facts on Ancient Mounds—Three Texts in the Bedouin Arabic Dialect of the Harran-Urfa Region (Southeastern Turkey)

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This chapter deals with an Arabic Bedouin dialect which is spoken in the plain of Harran situated south of the city of Urfa, Turkey. The dialect of the local Arab minority, which has been settled in that region for centuries, belongs to the so-called Šāwi vernaculars that are widespread among the goat and sheep breeding nomads of Syria and Iraq. Besides linguistic remarks on some outstanding phonological, morphological, and lexical features, the chapter contains three original texts in transcription with English translation. The texts were recorded in three different villages and all deal with stories connected to the numerous ancient mounds in the region. Most parts of the lexicon of Harran-Urfa Arabic are rather conservative and share many features with Eastern Bedouin Arabic in general and other Šāwi dialects in particular. Further remarks on specific vocabulary are given in the footnotes of the three texts.

Keywords: Šawi vernaculars; Arabic Bedouin dialect; Bruce Ingham; Harran-Urfa region; Southeastern Turkey



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