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Notes on the Algerian Arabic Dialect of Dellys

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  • Algerian Arabic Dialect
  • Maghrebi Arabic
  • Arabic Dialectology
  • Dellys
  • Dialectologie Arabe
  • Arabe Maghrébin
  • Arabe Algérien
  • [Shs.Langue] Humanities And Social Sciences/Linguistics
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Abstract

The Arabic dialect of Dellys belongs to the little-documented urban north-central Algeria dialect group, and - like most such dialects - it displays traits unusual in pre-Hilalian dialects, in particular the retention of interdentals. Berber, Andalusi, and later Bedouin influence are all observable in its lexicon, and occasionally in its grammar. Lexically, the Dellys dialect is particularly noteworthy for its extensive retention of precolonial vocabulary relating to fishing and sea creatures, largely replaced by French loanwords in other towns of the region. This paper summarizes points of dialectological interest in a framework loosely based on Caubet (2001).

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