The Arabic of Bukhara

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The Arabic spoken in the Bukhara region of Uzbekistan displays an unusual degree of integration between three distinct language families: Semitic, Indo-Aryan, and Turkic. This paper proposes an analysis of Bukhara Arabic based upon data collected between 1935 and 1943. The analysis involves classification of the verbal system drawing on the principal parts theory of Finkel and Stump (2007a), the purpose of which is to determine the essential parts needed to predict the remaining forms in a lexeme’s paradigm. The analysis includes an examination of the productivity of the verbal nonconcatenative derivative systems to reveal the changes involved in the partial adoption of concatenative systems. The results shed further light on the morphological processes of Semitic languages under strong contact conditions with other language families.


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