5 Answered Questions for the topic historical linguistics
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What factors have contributed to the development of languages, such as English?
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
Is it possible to move from non-concatenative to concatenative morphology?
I've been wondering whether it is possible for a language to move from non-concatenative (root-and-pattern, Arabic-style) morphology to concatenative type known from the Indo-European languages? If... 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