[b-hebrew] Aramaic in Babylonia

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed Jul 6 07:00:45 EDT 2005

On 06/07/2005 00:48, Uri Hurwitz wrote:

>"Lisbeth S. Fried" <lizfried at umich.edu> wrote:
>".... It is my
>understanding of modern Arabic that spoken Arabic
>differs mightily from the written. When two who
>speak the same spoken Arabic dialect write letters
>they still must use the written form, since
>according to my informants, you cannot write the
>spoken form. ...
>   Also, captions in cartoons etc can be written in the colloquial language.
In fact the "cannot" in "you cannot write the spoken form" is not a 
linguistic or orthographical issue but a social convention. There may 
have been social conventions in the ancient Near East as well, of course.

Peter Kirk
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