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Middle Arabic
(6,027 words)
1. Definition
The very term ‘Middle Arabic’ is ambiguous because of the history of its use, the multiple meanings of the term ‘middle’ (historically middle, sociolinguistically intermediate, linguistically mixed – not to mention the middling quality of texts, in the opinion of some people), and the variety of views on the history of the Arabic language. Different definitions or characterization…
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Jérôme Lentin, “Middle Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 11 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0213>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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1. Definition2. The texts3. The norm of MiddleArabic4. The function and importance of MiddleArabic5. Typical features6. Texts in Middle ArabicBibliography