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02/11/2020 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Chaos Before Order?:

A Quantitative Approach to Variation in the Arabic Papyri (7th-9th Centuries CE)

Fokelien Kootstra

In this lecture I will focus on the distribution of variation in the Arabic papyri to help understand the nature of the differences between Arabic’s earliest written form and the Classical Arabic standard, which developed centuries later. The results will eventually bring into focus the landscape of written Arabic in the Islamic world before the canonization of Classical Arabic and pave the way towards understanding the evolution of Arabic as a written language.
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