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Title: The Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Challa
Author: Fassberg, Steven E
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2009
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004176829
Volumes: 1; Pages: 250
List Price in Cloth: $176.00 Our price: $148.99
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Aramaic has been spoken uninterruptedly for more than 3000 years, yet a generation from now most Aramaic dialects will be extinct. The study of the Northeastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA) dialects has increased dramatically in the past decade as linguists seek to record these dialects before the disappearance of their last speakers. This work is a unique documentation of the now extinct Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialect of Challa (modern-day Cukurca, Turkey). It is based on recordings of the last native speaker of the dialect, who passed away in 2007. In addition to a grammatical description, it contains sample texts and a glossary of the dialect. Jewish Challa belongs to the cluster of NENA dialects known as lishana deni and reference is made throughout to other dialects within this group.