Sa'idi Arabic ( Sa'idi Arabic: صعيدى, locally: , [sˤɑˈʕiːdi] Egyptian Arabic: ; also known as Saidi Arabic [sˤeˈʕiːdi] and Upper Egypt Arabic [4 ] ) is the variety of [5 ] Arabic spoken by Sa'idis south of Cairo, Egypt to the border of Sudan. It shares linguistic features both with [6 ] Egyptian Arabic, as well as Sudanese Arabic. Dialects include Middle and Upper Egyptian Arabic. Speakers of Egyptian Arabic do not always understand more conservative varieties of Sa'idi Arabic. [7 ]
Sa'idi Arabic carries little prestige nationally though it continues to be widely spoken, including in the north by rural migrants who have partially adapted to
Egyptian Arabic. For example, the Sa'idi genitive exponent is usually replaced with Egyptian , but the realization of bitāʿ / as q/ [ is retained (normally realized in Egyptian Arabic as ɡ] [). Second and third-generation Sa'idi migrants are ʔ] monolingual in Egyptian Arabic, but maintain cultural and family ties to the south.
Sa'idi consonants [ edit ]
Sa'idi Arabic has these consonants:
^* / may also be realized as d͡ʒ/ [ or ʒ] [. For the latter case, it collapses with d] /d/.
^ Sa'idi Arabic at (18th ed., 2015) Ethnologue
^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Saidi Arabic". . Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Glottolog
^ "a" (PDF). The Linguasphere Register. p. 128 . Retrieved . 1 March 2013
^ ISO 639-3 spelling
^ "Arabic, Sa’idi Spoken". Ethnologue . Retrieved . 1 March 2013
^ Versteegh, p. 163
^ Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
^ Khalafallah 1969
References [ edit ]
Khalafallah, Abdelghany A. 1969.
A Descriptive Grammar of Sa'i:di Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Janua Linguarum, Series Practica 32. The Hague: Mouton.
Versteegh, Kees (2001). The Arabic Language. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 0-7486-1436-2.
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