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Watson, Janet C. E.
The Structure of Mehri
volume: 52
pages/dimensions: XXVIII, 479 pages
language: English
binding: Book (Hardback)
dimensions: 17.00 × 24.00 cm
weight: 1100g
edition: 1. Auflage
publishing date: 01.08.2012
prices: 118,00 Eur[D] / 121,40 Eur[A]
ISBN: 978-3-447-06736-2
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Mehri is the most widely spoken of the six Modern South Arabian languages, with populations in eastern Yemen, western Oman, the southern fringes of Saudi Arabia, and parts of the Gulf.
The Structure of Mehri is a comprehensive linguistic description of two major Mehri dialect groups: Mahriyōt, the eastern Yemeni dialect of Mehri spoken in Hawf, and Mehreyyet, the Mehri of the Omani Najd. It provides the first description of Mahriyōt, complementing Wagner (1953), which examines Mehriyet, the western Yemeni dialect of Mehri, and extending Rubin (2010), which deals with Mehreyyet. Based on fieldwork conducted by the author and material in Sima (2009) this is one of the first studies of any non-state language to include data from new technology (SMS and e-mail). Considering also other Modern South Arabian languages where relevant, phonology, morphology and syntax of Mahriyōt and Mehreyyet is analysed and compared. Within syntax, particular attention is paid to phrase structure, clause structure, coordination, negation and supplementation. Furthermore, the final chapter provides a selection of the transcribed, translated and annotated oral texts used in the book.