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By Ahmad Al-Jallad

This quantity includes a special grammatical description of the dialects of outdated Arabic attested within the Safaitic script, an old North Arabian alphabet used generally within the deserts of southern Syria and north-eastern Jordan within the pre-Islamic interval. it's the first entire grammar of any historic North Arabian corpus, making it a massive contribution to the fields of Arabic and Semitic stories. the quantity covers issues in script and orthography, phonology, morphology, and syntax, and comprises an appendix of over 500 inscriptions and an annotated dictionary. The grammar relies on a corpus of 33,000 Safaitic inscriptions.

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The relative pronoun ḏ is used with a feminine singular antecedent in an inscription composed by (or for) a woman from the lineage of Ms¹kt (SIJ 314) and once with a woman from the lineage of Rks¹ (AtIN 3). The masculine plural is only attested twice and in only one case with a clear masculine plural antecedent. , C 1758). Thus, all that can be said is that some dialects attested in the Safaitic script have lost agreement in the relative pronoun while others have preserved it. d. The Definite Article: The article is attested in four forms: h-, ʾ-, ʾl-, and hn-.

2 Perhaps the primary argument against an ASA source is Safaitic orthography: there are no word dividers, nor are the glide consonants—y and w—used as matres lectionis. Both long and short vowels are not indicated orthographically. In this way, Safaitic orthography more closely resembles Phoenician and, indeed, the original Proto-Sinaitic model. The use of matres lectionis in ASA and in Dadanitic, although the practice differs between the two, represents a departure from the original properties of the script.

1), rather than a suffix conjugated verb, which would have normally terminated in /a/. chapter 3 Phonology and Phonetics The system of transcription adopted in this book follows the conventions used by ociana. The traditional transcription of the phonemes which the Safaitic glyphs signify has followed in large part the transcription, and not the pronunciation, of CAr. For example, the reflex of Proto-Semitic *ṯ̣ is transcribed as ẓ, even though in CAr it was pronounced as a pharyngealized voiced interdental fricative, [ðˁ].

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