The Revelation: The earliest known use of ʿajamī as a label

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March 21, 2019

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Dmitry Bondarev, « The Revelation: The earliest known use of ʿajamī as a label », A-label: African Languages Between the Lines, ID : 10670/1.6ewwt7


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Our blog has the acronym A-LABEL: we deal a lot with the African languages between the lines. But why “label”? This is because the interlinear glosses written in African languages of West Africa often have a descriptive metalinguistic marker, asserting the presence of an Ajami segment. This marker is typically a graphic variation of the word ʿajamī (عجمي – the form written on our logo) or ʿajam. Another way of the metalinguistic labelling of the Ajami glosses found in the manuscripts is the A...

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