Language contact between Cypriot maronite Arabic and Cypriot Greek: The case of Cypriot Maronite Arabic.

Author: Hana El-Shazli (Inalco, France)
Speaker: Hana El-Shazli
Topic: Language Contact and Change
COMELA 2022 General Session


This presentation addresses Language contact in Cypriot Maronite Arabic. This work examines the development of different effects of languages contact in Cypriot Maronite Arabic due to its contact with other languages, with the primary language of contact being Greek, specifically Cypriot Greek, and more recently, (to a lesser extent) Cypriot Turkish. First, Cypriot Maronite Arabic’s linguistic and socio-historical context will be presented. The work will then go on to explain some effects of languages contact in Cypriot Arabic and illustrate the different types thereof which exist in the case of Cypriot Maronite Arabic. This presentation discusses different examples of phenomenon as borrowings, loanwords, or suppletion found in data collected in fieldwork expeditions in the village of Kormakiti (between 2019 and 2021). In addition, it will examine their occurrence in natural discourse, and specify which discursive domains are affected most prominently by those process. This work constitutes a part of a research in the context of a master’s thesis at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris.

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El-Shazli Hana (2019) L’emprunt linguistique en arabe chypriote. Mini-mémoire de recherche, Inalco, Paris.

Keywords: language contact, loanwords, lexical borrowing, bilingual suppletion, endangered language.