Climbing the Mountain of Languages
Thanks. Always exciting and good to find more info on a lesser-known language! I recently ordered and received a grammar dissertation on Yuchi. I like Berber's single-sound prepositions reminiscent of Slavic.
I had no idea there were still that many Berbers in Tunisia to begin with! Great link.
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I have a question for you. Do you know where among Arabic dialects the "g" of English "get" is found? I know it's in Egyptian, but anywhere else? Thanks.
Offhand:jiim pronounced as "g" is found in parts of Yemen as well as lower Egypt, I think. It actually corresponds to the older Semitic pronunciation.qaaf pronounced as "g" is found almost everywhere: throughout most of Arabia, in most of Iraq, in a lot of North Africa, in parts of Syria and Palestine, basically any place that Bedouins emigrated to after the Abbasid period or thereabouts. As an incidental result, Algerians and Tunisians write the sound "g" using a qaaf with three dots, rather than a kaaf with a line on top as sometimes happens in the Middle East.g coming from foreign loanwords is pretty common even in areas where neither of these sound changes happened - Maltese, for example.
Thanks a lot for the information. I'd seen that three-dot qaaf and wondered what it was.
Confusingly, faa with three dots, in much of the Middle East, is read "v" (following Kurdish practice, I believe.)
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