Polygenesis in the Arabic Dialects
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1. Introduction

In an idealized Stammbaum Model, each language descends linearly from a single ancestor. Historical linguists argue that a process of general drift will cause a language to experience changes to all levels of its grammar over time. If Xa signifies the language of a single speech community, it will develop…

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Ahmad Al-Jallad, “Polygenesis in the Arabic Dialects”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 11 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_000030>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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