Observations on Traditional Muṯallaṯ Arabic Internal Differentiation
In this paper, I show some internal variations in different areas of the Israeli Muṯallaṯ. Muṯallaṯ Arabic, first described by Jastrow (2004), is considered a unitary linguistic area within rural Muslim Palestinian Arabic. I consider here only the traditional varieties, spoken by elders over age 70. In particular, I analyse
the diverse diffusion of the loss of emphasis of */q/ and the affrication of */k/ that characterises the entire Muṯallaṯ linguistic region. Dialectal differences are also found in anaptyctic vowels, presentative forms, personal pronouns, final imāla, pausal forms, lexical items, among other features.
Keywords Muṯallaṯ Arabic, Muṯallaṯ Arabic dialectology, Palestinian Arabic, affrication, Arabic in Israel, field research