Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Oman- Bathari language of Dhofar feared to be extinct, say international researchers  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 18/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) A team of six linguists from France and Switzerland studying Modern South Arabian languages in Oman as part of a project funded by the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche Franaise) have in their findings said that they were unsuccessful in finding Bathari speakers in Dhofar. 

Speaking to Muscat Daily earlier this year, Sabrina Benjaballah, a Paris University linguist who specialises in phonology and morphology had said, "We believe that the Bathari language of Dhofar is either extinct or nearly extinct as we haven't been able to find speakers".

But researchers Miranda Morris of St Andrews University, and Janet Watson of Leeds University said they had found some 20 Bathari speakers in Dhofar. In a study supported by the Diwan of Royal Court, Dr Miranda recorded Bathari speakers in the 1970s and 1980s, and with the death of these speakers, feared that this language might have died out. But on returning to the area in 2012, she was delighted to find that some of the elders still spoke Bathari. 

"Bathari has the fewest speakers and is in immediate danger of disappearing," said the researchers.

"The lexis of all these languages reflects a culture which is becoming fragile, including terms used for endangered fauna and flora, foodstuffs, traditional skills and activities, as well as means of obtaining food and water. Equally importantly, it also records the speakers' expertise in livestock husbandry, harvesting the sea, and in the sustainable management of rangeland and water.

''The study and description of the Modern South Arabian languages is crucial to understanding this extremely rich culture with its wealth of stories, song and poetry, and to evaluating the historical development of the Semitic language family as a whole," the findings say.

Ancient languages currently being spoken in Oman are Mehri, Shahri, Harsusi, Hobyot, Bathari, Kumzari and Shihhi

"Mehri, Shahri, Harsusi, Hobyot, Bathari and Shihhi are semitic languages. Of these, Shihhi is believed to be a dialect of Arabic.

''Kumzari, spoken in the Musandam Peninsula along with Shihhi, is non-Semitic, but exhibits some Semitic features. The Modern South Arabian languages (Mehri, Shahri, Harsusi, Hobyot, Bathari and Soqotri, spoken on the island of Soqotra) exhibit ancient Semitic features, including 3s-like sounds, and dual pronouns and verb forms, suggesting they may be older than Arabic," they said.

 


Muscat Daily




  MENA News Headlines
 Jul 28 2016 - Bahrain seeks massive cuts in spending to lift economyMENAFN
(MENAFN) Bahrain has approved a proposed strategy to reduce government expenditures by 30 percent and improve efficiency across all entities, based on recent reports.The proposed plan is in line with ...

 Jul 28 2016 - Oman focuses on water purification to boost life qualityMENAFN
(MENAFN) The demand for potable water in Oman's northern region is projected to grow by 6 percent per annum in seven years, from 238 million cubic metres in 2013 to 349 million cubic metres in 2020, ...

 Jul 28 2016 - Egypt arranges for bold steps to boost auto industryMENAFN
(MENAFN) Egypt Automotive Summit stressed on the inadequacy of the new automotive industry strategy not to mention the essential requirement for top substructure investments.There's also a need to ...

 Jul 28 2016 - Juice Poised to Take Lead in the Eastern European Beverages Market by 2021: Ken ResearchMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) • The market for Juice consumption is going strong both in terms of value and volume with an increasing shift towards innovation in terms of both variants and packaging technology. ...

 Jul 28 2016 - DP World container volumes up 2.5% in first halfKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Ports operator's growth driven by operations in European and Indian subcontinent terminals Global ports operator DP World said on Tuesday that it handled 31.4 million TEU ...

 Jul 28 2016 - Armored Vehicle Market is Anticipated to Reach USD 26.79 billion by 2022 Globally | Research by Hexa ReportsMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) The rise in commercial security awareness is expected to increase demand for personnel "armored vehicles market" over the forecast period. Multilateral collaboration between ...

 Jul 28 2016 - Rediff Rakhi 2016 - Free Shipping WorldwideMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Rediff";s 2016 Rakhi gifts store is now live for siblings looking forward to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with gust and pomp. The online store showcases ...

 Jul 28 2016 - Military Aircraft Actuation Systems Market Size, Investment Feasibility and Industry Growth Rate Forecast 2016 2020MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Military Aircraft Actuation Systems Market Size, Investment Feasibility and Industry Growth Rate Forecast 2016 2020 Global Military Aircraft Actuation Systems Market 2016-2020 ...

 Jul 28 2016 - Hospital Furniture Market Development, Trend, Segmentation and Forecast to 2027.MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Hospital Furniture Market Development, Trend, Segmentation and Forecast to 2027. Global Hospital Furniture Market Information by Type (Hospital Bed, Hospital Chair, Hospital Table), ...

 Jul 28 2016 - Global Smart Windows Market 2015 Analysis and Forecast to 2022MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Global Smart Windows Market 2015 Analysis and Forecast to 2022 Smart Windows Market to Grow at an 18.7% CAGR Forecast to 2022 PUNE, INDIA, July 27, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ -- ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help