Studies in the Grammar and Lexicon of Neo-Aramaic

  title={Studies in the Grammar and Lexicon of Neo-Aramaic},
  author={Geoffrey Khan},
  journal={Semitic Languages and Cultures},
  • G. Khan
  • Published 1 November 2020
  • Linguistics
  • Semitic Languages and Cultures
5 The Neo-Aramaic dialects are modern vernacular forms of Aramaic, which has a documented history in the Middle East of over 3,000 years. Due to upheavals in the Middle East over the last one hundred years, thousands of speakers of Neo-Aramaic dialects have been forced to migrate from their homes or have perished in massacres. As a result, the dialects are now highly endangered. The dialects exhibit a remarkable diversity of structures. Moreover, the considerable depth of attestation of Aramaic… 
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