Sociolinguistic study on Arabic in Gaza City selected for presentation at NWAV 43

William Cotter's poster "Examining the results of dialect contact between Palestinian communities in Gaza" has been selected for presentation at NWAV 43 in Chicago IL on October 24th, 2014. William's study focuses on the results of contact between the indigenous residents of Gaza City and Palestinian refugees originally from the city of Jaffa, roughly 40 miles north of the Gaza Strip. The study focuses on the feminine ending morpheme, /ah/, which is typically realized as [a] in the traditional dialect of Gaza City and is raised to [e] in the traditional dialect of Jaffa. The results of the study point to a potential loss of the raised [e] in the speech of Jaffan refugees in Gaza City.

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