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Title: Some aspects of dialect variation among nomads in Syria and Lebanon
Author: Pickett, Iain Michael.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3490 054X
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis looks at a selection of typologically salient features that characterise the dialects of a number of Bedouin tribes in Syria and Lebanon. Most of these dialects have never previously been described. For those that have, the most recent published data usually dates from at least the 1930s, and often much earlier. Thus in its descriptions of previously undescribed dialects, the present thesis helps to fill a number of gaps in the nomadic dialect geography of the Syro-Lebanon region. In respect of those dialects for which data is available, further data is offered, changes that have apparently occurred during the past century are highlighted, and at times, the validity and accuracy of the available published data is challenged. Traditionally much work in north Arabian Arabic dialectology has been driven by the desire to discover or reconstruct older forms of the language, or at least to describe an 'unadulterated' dialect. Often there is a focus on answering questions about earlier speech patterns, based on poetry and traditional narratives. In contrast, the present work concentrates solely on the contemporary, spontaneous everyday speech of the tribes. The data was collected largely in 2003 and 2004 from recordings and observations of natural speech as spoken in the house or tent. Poetic forms and traditional narratives have been deliberately excluded from the study. Data has been collected from younger and older members of the community, and (where possible, given the cultural context) from women as well as men. In addition to descriptions of the dialects, the thesis also addresses some issues of classification, particularly for the seven Lebanese nomadic tribes that are looked at, but also in revisiting some of the classifications offered by previous dialectologists for Syrian nomadic dialects.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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