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ERIC Number: ED394282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
On Arabic Loans in Yoruba.
Baldi, Sergio
The linguistic situation of Yoruba is described briefly and the origins of Arabic influence on the language are examined. It is noted that Arabic influences Yoruba mainly through Hausa, and four basic conditions results from adaptation of Arabic phonemes in Yoruba: (1) the consonant, which does not exist in Yoruba, is dropped without replacement; (2) consonants are replaced by the nearest Yoruba phonemes; (3) there is the tendency to break consonant clusters, which do not occur in Yoruba, and insert vowels, especially in certain phonetic contexts; and (4) an Arabic consonant or diphthong is replaced by vowels. Examples of each of these situations are offered. Following this, 35 of specific phonetic patterns from Arabic, through Hausa, to Yoruba are detailed, with examples. Contains 37 references and a list of Arabic loans in Yoruba. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on African Linguistics (26th, Los Angeles, CA, March 24-26, 1995).