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Negev Arabic

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Author(s): Roni Henkin
1. General 1.1 Area and range Negev Arabic is spoken by some 150,000 Bedouin in the Negev ( án-Nagab in Negev Arabic) desert, which occupies most of southern Israel. Today it is an isolated, peripheral minority dialect, not spoken and barely understood elsewhere within the contemporary political boundaries. Before 1948, however, the Negev belonged to a vast historical, economic, sociocultural, and linguistic continuum extending from the Ḥijāz to North Africa, along which nomadic and seminomadic tribes conducted raiding, trading, and smuggling relations with ot…
Date: 2018-04-01