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in response to reader comment: Addendum: Greek v Egyptian language in late antique Egypt! The demise of Greek and the ascendancy of the "mother tongue"!

Submitted by gato branco (Lithuania), Jan 24, 2018 at 02:09

Again I agree what you wrote about Egyptian, no more comment needed.

The colloquial Arabic(not only in Egypt but in other countries as well) did not developed out of Classical Arabic but rather out of Arab dialects of Peninsula that conquerrors brought with themselves. obviously these emerging colloquial dialects suffered influence of various substrate languages - Aramaic, Coptic/Egyptian, Berber/Amazigh, Latin/Romance(Tunisia and Spain).

The development and codification of Classical Arabic was a parallel process promoted by grammatists such as Sibawayhi. It developped out of need to fix the text of Quran(prior to that only the consonant duct of Qur'an existed pronounced in different ways), to teach Arabic language for non-Arabs, to have a unified language fit for administration and public records. It seems that Classical Arabic was heavily biassed towards the more conservative dialects of Eastern Arabic Peninsula. Arab grammatists often made study trips there in order to collect grammatical and lexical material there. Later this material was generalized into a framework of rules using methods much similar to those used in fiqh(eg. analogy - qiyaas)

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