Studies in the Grammar and Lexicon of Neo-Aramaic - cover image

Book Series


Geoffrey Khan; Paul M. Noorlander;

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  • English

Print Length

540 pages (xxvi+514)


Paperback156 x 28 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.09" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 30 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.19" x 9.21")


Paperback1658g (58.48oz)
Hardback2055g (72.49oz)



OCLC Number





  • CFF
  • CFP


  • REL006020
  • LAN009010


  • PJ5282


  • Neo-Aramaic dialects
  • Aramaic
  • Middle East
  • migration
  • language typology
  • historical linguistics
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Studies in the Grammar and Lexicon of Neo-Aramaic

The Neo-Aramaic dialects are modern vernacular forms of Aramaic, which has a documented history in the Middle East of over 3,000 years. Due to upheavals in the Middle East over the last one hundred years, thousands of speakers of Neo-Aramaic dialects have been forced to migrate from their homes or have perished in massacres. As a result, the dialects are now highly endangered. The dialects exhibit a remarkable diversity of structures. Moreover, the considerable depth of attestation of Aramaic from earlier periods provides evidence for pathways of change. For these reasons the research of Neo-Aramaic is of importance for more general fields of linguistics, in particular language typology and historical linguistics.

The papers in this volume represent the full range of research that is currently being carried out on Neo-Aramaic dialects. They advance the field in numerous ways. In order to allow linguists who are not specialists in Neo-Aramaic to benefit from the papers, the examples are fully glossed.


The volume makes a major contribution to the field of Neo-Aramaic and significantly advances research. The articles present new analyses and new primary data from several endangered dialects, many of which have so far not been systematically documented, and in some cases have not been documented at all. It is good to see that the examples have been given glossing, so that this important material will be accessible more widely by general linguists. Many of the articles are written by leading scholars of the field. Particularly commendable is the fact that the authors include also early career scholars and native speakers of Neo-Aramaic dialects who are based in universities in Iraq and Europe. The volume, therefore, represents also a major stimulus to research in the future.

Prof Hezy Mutzafi

Tel Aviv University

Table of Contents

Glossing Abbreviations

Geoffrey Khan and Paul M. Noorlander

A History of the Intransitive Preterite of Ṭuroyo: From a Property Adjective to a Finite Tense

Eugene Barsky and Sergey Loesov

Towards a Typology of Possessors and Experiencers in Neo-Aramaic: Non-Canonical Subjects as Relics of a Former Dative Case

Paul M. Noorlander

The Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Dohok: Two Folktales and Selected Features of Verbal Semantics

Dorota Molin

Verbal Forms Expressing Discourse Dependency in North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic

Geoffrey Khan

Conditional Patterns in the Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Zakho

Eran Cohen

Language Contact and Ṭuroyo: The Case of the Circumstantial Clause

Michael Waltisberg

The Morphosyntactic Conservatism of Western Neo-Aramaic despite Contact with Syrian Arabic

Ivri Bunis

On the Afel Stem in Western Neo-Aramaic

Steven E. Fassberg

The Re-Emergence of the Genitive in North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic

Ariel Gutman

Modelling Variation in the Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Azran with Articulatory Phonology

Lidia Napiorkowska

On the Origin of Some Plant Names in Ṣūrayt/Ṭūrōyo in Ṭūr ʿAbdīn

Aziz Tezel

Remarks on Selected Exponents of the 208-Swadesh List in Ṭuroyo

Eugene Barsky and Yulia Furman

Neo-Aramaic Animal Names

Hezy Mutzafi

A Corpus-Based Swadesh Word List for Literary Christian Urmi (New Alphabet Texts)

Alexey Lyavdansky

Lexical Items relating to Material Culture in the NENA Dialects of the Aqra Region

Aziz Emmanuel Eliya Al-Zebari

Arabic Loanwords in the Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Ankawa

Salam Neamah Hirmiz Hakeem

Language Loss in the Ṣūrayt/Ṭūrōyo-speaking Communities of the Diaspora in Sweden

Sina Tezel

About the publishing team


Geoffrey Khan

Regius Professor of Hebrew at University of Cambridge

Paul M. Noorlander

Rubicon Fellow at Leiden University