Christian Arabic of Baghdad by Farīda Abū-Haidar

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8 Oussani, op. , 111, gives mbe/:la. In my data some of the older speakers used mbe/:la, but the majority tended to use mbeg/:la where g < LA r of al-biiri/:la is retained. 4 Forms of more than three syllables are not very common in CB. The majority are compound nominal and verbal forms. 1 In disyllabic forms where both syllables are short, and the final syllable is closed, the vowels are of the a, a; a, a or a, a variety. a a nazal CJcitab satatJ aa kabag naCJas l{Jbas "to go down, to descend" namas "to blame, to reprove" qdl:zat napa{!

1 Medial imiila Medial imiila (-e-) occurs in non-emphatic environments, in nominal forms. ) No imiila occurs in post-emphatic environments. t{n ma:fatag "gambling" "dresses" "rulers" In CaCaCv type nominal forms no imala occurs. ) "lazy" /:lagami ga/:lasi nQ$aga "thief' "asses" "Christians" In nominal and verbal forms of the pattern CvCi(C), corresponding to the LA active participle {fa2il), imala occurs in non-emphatic environments. 2 Word-final imlila Word fmal imiila (-i) occurs in feminine nominal forms where the corresponding LA forms end in -a (tii2 marbufa).

Quiet" "height" . o. with" on, on top of' .. In trisyllabic forms where the vowels of the second and final syllables are short, stress falls on the first syllable. ) "school" "rosary" klitabu klissagu llibasat xliggabat tCJlillamat "they wrote" "they broke (to pieces)" "she wore" "she spoilt" "she learnt" As can be seen from the above examples, it is only in trisyllabic forms where the final syllable is short, and the second is both open and short, that stress falls on a syllable other than the penultimate or final one.

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