A grammar of Nias Selatan by Lea Brown.

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Data on this dialect from Hulton (1840) argue against this claim (see Rubin 2014), and so more research is needed. The majority of Johnstone’s texts (those obtained from Ali Musallam) are in EJ, while those of Salim Bakhit and of my own informants (other than Ali) are in CJ. Johnstone’s Jibbāli Lexicon is based on CJ, though EJ forms are often noted. However, I found that my CJ informants sometimes, but not always, used forms that aligned with what Johnstone called EJ. For example, my CJ informants preferred flét ‘he fled’ over eflét, though JL calls the former an EJ form, and the latter a CJ form.

Perf. )’ < *šóbaʿ rīʿ ‘four (days)’ < *ríbaʿ phonology 29 As can be seen from the examples above, the quality of the resulting long vowel is often determined by the placement of stress. , šōʿ ‘seven’ < *šóbaʿ; ṯēr ‘it broke’ < *ṯébər). , ī ‘father; my father’ < *ʾabí; ʿarī ‘Arab’ < *ʿarabí). In most cases, the unstressed vowel is the reduced ə, which would not be dominant over a full vowel anyway.

Still determined to do some fieldwork face to face, I contacted the Omani Embassy in Washington, DC. Thanks to the help of Dr. Asya Al-Lamki and Moayed Al-Hawazi, both in the Embassy’s Cultural Division, I was able to find two Jibbali students living in the United States, Ahmed Kashoob (AK) and Fahad Baawain (FB) in Columbia, South Carolina. I met with them in October, 2012. I met with Ahmed again in June, 2013, along with Musallam Qatan (MQ), in Melbourne, Florida. From these three informants, with whom I was able to work in person, I collected a wealth of new data, including a number of recorded texts.

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