3 Answered Questions for the topic historical linguistics

How did the Arabic word "allah" come to have an /lˤ/ ("emphatic l")?

In Modern Standard Arabic, phonemic /lˤ/ (a.k.a. "emphatic l") <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_phonology#ref_6"> only occurs in one native word: *Allah* /ʔalˤˈlˤaːh/. (According... more

Which is closer to Biblical Hebrew - Modern Hebrew, or Modern Arabic?

A couple of years ago I started to learn Biblical Hebrew - I still only know the very basics. Lately I've been starting to learn Arabic.Often when I learn a new word in Arabic, I notice that it is... more

What is the origin of the Arabic word دزينة (dazina)?

As a Semitic language, one would expect the word dozen to be rooted in Aramaic (such as תריסר in Hebrew). This is obviously not the case, as the word appears similar to "dozen", rooted in Latin.Is... more

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