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On the Etymology of Some Enigmatic Words in North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic

On the Etymology of Some Enigmatic Words in North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic ARAMAIC STUDIES Vol 4.1 (2006): 83-99 © 2006 Sage Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA, and New Delhi) DOI: 10.1177/1477835106066037 http://as.sagepub.com On the Etymology of Some Enigmatic Words in North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic H EZY M UTZAFI Department of Hebrew Culture Studies, Tel Aviv University Abstract The present article seeks to clarify the etymologies of several selected North- Eastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA) lexical oddities of unknown or uncertain origin. All lexical items in question are proven to be of Aramaic provenance, yet mere recourse to Classical Aramaic is inadequate for uncovering the origins of these puzzling words due to far-reaching diachronic changes that have distanced them from their precursors. Missing links, based on inter- dialectal studies within NENA, are therefore crucial for securing well-founded etyma for these lexical enigmas. In addition to adducing missing links found in cognate dialects, each etymological discussion specifies the diachronic processes involved in the development of the lexical item under consideration. Keywords: NENA, comparative dialectology, dialectal cognate words, missing links, prototypical forms, etymological reassessments Jewish Babylonian Aramaic, Syriac, Akkadian and Kurdish words are usually given without reference when they can readily be tracked down in the following dictionaries: JBA—M. Sokoloff, A Dictionary of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aramaic Studies Brill

On the Etymology of Some Enigmatic Words in North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic

Aramaic Studies , Volume 4 (1): 83 – Jan 1, 2006

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© 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1477-8351
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10.1177/1477835106066037
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ARAMAIC STUDIES Vol 4.1 (2006): 83-99 © 2006 Sage Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA, and New Delhi) DOI: 10.1177/1477835106066037 http://as.sagepub.com On the Etymology of Some Enigmatic Words in North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic H EZY M UTZAFI Department of Hebrew Culture Studies, Tel Aviv University Abstract The present article seeks to clarify the etymologies of several selected North- Eastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA) lexical oddities of unknown or uncertain origin. All lexical items in question are proven to be of Aramaic provenance, yet mere recourse to Classical Aramaic is inadequate for uncovering the origins of these puzzling words due to far-reaching diachronic changes that have distanced them from their precursors. Missing links, based on inter- dialectal studies within NENA, are therefore crucial for securing well-founded etyma for these lexical enigmas. In addition to adducing missing links found in cognate dialects, each etymological discussion specifies the diachronic processes involved in the development of the lexical item under consideration. Keywords: NENA, comparative dialectology, dialectal cognate words, missing links, prototypical forms, etymological reassessments Jewish Babylonian Aramaic, Syriac, Akkadian and Kurdish words are usually given without reference when they can readily be tracked down in the following dictionaries: JBA—M. Sokoloff, A Dictionary of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic of

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Published: Jan 1, 2006

Keywords: COMPARATIVE DIALECTOLOGY; ETYMOLOGICAL REASSESSMENTS; NENA; DIALECTAL COGNATE WORDS; MISSING LINKS; PROTOTYPICAL FORMS

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