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1/ #Spanish mezquita ‘mosque’ supposedly comes from Andalusian Arabic ‘masgid’, but why does it end in /a/? And why does it lack the article ‘al-‘ that characterizes Arabic loans in Spanish? Here is an interesting story involving the #Aramaic of the #Nabataeans!
2/ We find a similar word, with the same unexplained final /a/, in #Berber, where mosque is <taməzgida>. The initial ta- is part of Berber grammar, which suggests that the original form of the word was mezgida, with no definite article and a final /a/.
3/ This suggests that when Spanish and Berber borrowed this word, it was not pronounced al-masjid, but rather masgida, with a final vowel – definitely not the Classical Arabic form. When and from whom did they acquire this word?
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I thought it would be fun to share my own #MICAH13 presentation with you all via Twitter – @PhDniX's excellent Twitter recaps of his talks were a major factor behind me getting on here too. This was a 20-minute talk, so: LONG thread.
This talk is about #Biblical #Aramaic, attested in the books of #Ezra and #Daniel. Scholars have long debated the linguistic background of these texts, nearly always focusing on the consonantal text. But in the case of Biblical Aramaic, that only tells you half the story.
In the Masoretic Text, differences between the consonantal text and the reading tradition are indicated by so-called qere notes. Here, 'what is written' (Aramaic: ketiv) does not match 'what is read' (Aramaic: qere). The different qere forms thus reflect the reading tradition.
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