© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/057053910X12625688929147 Arabica 57 (2010) 57-67 brill.nl/arab The Ancient D ̣ ād in Southwest Saudi Arabia * Munira Al-Azraqi King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia Abstract Al-d ̣ ād ̣ is a unique sound in Arabic. It is believed that this sound is what makes Arabic a distin- guished language. However, its description has confused the linguists for long time. Some mod- ern linguists believe that al-d ̣ ād ̣ described by the ancient linguists is not used in the present time. On the other hand, Arabic speakers may not know that the sound they use for the classi- cal pronunciation of al-d ̣ ād ̣ is not the one described by the ancient Arab linguists. This study records the existence of a sound that has the features of al-d ̣ ād ̣ as described by the ancient Arab linguists. It is used among some speakers in Southwest Saudi Arabia. Keywords al-d ̣ ād ̣ , Arabic sounds, Arabic dialectology, lateral sounds Arabic is known as the language of al-d ̣ ād . This attitude is borne of the belief that the al-d ̣ ād sound exists only in Arabic. 1 However, the
Arabica – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: LATERAL SOUNDS; AL-DĀD; ARABIC SOUNDS; ARABIC DIALECTOLOGY
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