Arabische Texte aus Südkhorasan (Iran): Arabkhane und Khalaf
The Arabic dialect of Arabkhane is spoken in the eastern part of Iran in South Khorasan province. It is the vernacular of about 35 villages of Nehbandan County in an area approximately 100 km south of the city of Birjand. Until my recent first fieldwork in Iran from August to November 2019, no extensive linguistic research had been conducted on this peripheral variety of Arabic, which belongs to the Central Asian Arabic branch. Beside the dialect of Arabkhane, Khorasan Arabic includes the dialect spoken in Khalaf and its neighbouring villages. In this paper, I give information about my PhD research in Khorasan alongside some
preliminary linguistic findings on the strength of the evaluation of some 120 audio interviews, which I recorded.
Keywords Arabkhane, Khalaf, Khorasan Arabic, Central Asian Arabic, peripheral Arabic dialects, Iran, field research