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This chapter presents number of photographs relevant to the study of corpus of soqotri oral literature. Soqotri is among the most archaic Semitic languages spoken today, whereas the oral literature of the islanders is a mine of deeply original motifs and plots. Texts appear in transcription, English and Arabic translations, and an Arabic-based native script. Philological annotations deal with grammatical, lexical and literary features, as well as realia. The Plates provide a glimpse into the fascinating landscapes of the island and the traditional lifestyle of its inhabitants. It includes the clay part of the composite smoking pipe, a cord with which the blocking stick in the mouth of a kid is fastened, skin vessel, rope attached to the milk skin for shaking, light-brown cows, male inflorescence of a date palm, and the palm grove at the spring of Qiso.

Keywords: inhabitants; Semitic; soqotri; traditional lifestyle; Yemen



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