The Golden Season of Olive Harvesting and Weddings Without Limousines: A Text in the Central Traditional Muṯallaṯ Arabic of Ṭaybe
The text represents an excerpt from an intergenerational conversation in the Muṯallaṯ Arabic of Ṭaybe between a 73-year-old grandmother and her grandson, a student at Tel Aviv University. In the introduction, I describe the loss of the emphasis on */q/ and the affrication of */k/, highlighting the differences between the generational varieties of both participants. The variety spoken by the elders shows interesting pausal forms at the ends of both speech units and speech turns. The conversation focuses on two traditional themes of rural life in Palestine, the olive harvest and a wedding celebration.
Keywords affrication, Arabic dialectology, loss of emphasis, Muṯallaṯ Arabic, Muṯallaṯ dialectology, Palestinian anthropology, Rural Palestinian Arabic, Ṭaybe Arabic, field research