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The Arabic Dialect of Kbēse: An Oasis Dialect in Western Iraq

Qasim Hassan

Pages 73 - 93

This paper introduces the heretofore undescribed urban dialect of Kbēse west of the Euphrates. The dialect is spoken in the oasis of Kbēse, a subdistrict of the district of Hīt, which so far remained unknown to linguists in the field of Arabic dialectology. The dialect is similar in many aspects to the ones spoken in Hīt and ʿĀna. However, unlike the dialects of Hīt and ʿĀna, and like most urban dialects on the Euphrates, the dialect of Kbēse is a non-autochthonous dialect that originated and developed outside the subdistrict.

This article is written in English.


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