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dc.contributor.advisorBrustad, Kristen
dc.contributor.advisorEpps, Patience, 1973-
dc.creatorMagidow, Alexanderen
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-27T21:14:51Zen
dc.date.issued2013-08en
dc.date.submittedAugust 2013en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/21378en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation develops a new framework for reconstructing the diversity of a language at a given historical time period. It applies this framework to the problem of reconstructing the diversity of Arabic dialects immediately prior to the Islamic conquests, which spread speakers of these dialects across much of North Africa and the Middle East. The study first establishes a theoretical framework for reconstructing historical speech communities, defined as groups of speakers linked by shared allegiance. It then analyzes the tribal and non-tribal social organization in Pre-Islamic Arabia, and provides a detailed historical overview of how the Islamic conquests contributed to the Arabization of the conquered territories. Finally, the dissertation reconstructs the linguistic history of the Arabic demonstratives, using them as a variable to determine which speech communities existed in pre-Islamic Arabic, where they were located in time and space, and how the diversity of those communities is related to the diversity of modern Arabic dialects.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.subjectArabicen
dc.subjectDialectologyen
dc.subjectHistorical linguisticsen
dc.subjectLanguage historyen
dc.subjectLinguistic theoryen
dc.titleTowards a sociohistorical reconstruction of pre-Islamic Arabic dialect diversityen
dc.date.updated2013-09-27T21:14:52Zen
dc.description.departmentMiddle Eastern Studiesen
thesis.degree.departmentMiddle Eastern Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineMiddle Eastern Languages and Culturesen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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