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Re: VMs: Stroke harmony. Was: Has anyone been down this route before?
On Fri, 3 Sep 2004, Dan Gibson/CanBooks wrote:
> Not necessarily. Old Arabic, and related dialects, before 600 AD were
> written with alphabets where the characters did NOT take on different forms
> depending on their position within words. Many of these dialects survived
> long after 600 AD among ethnic enclaves while Quraish Arabic became the
> standard among Muslims, and is still in use today.
But did the scripts survive, along with the dialects? This isn't always
the case, even where it is a possibility.
I'm not well informed in regard to Arabic linguistic history, but I
gather, for example, that Elamite survived as a spoken language in
enclaves in southwestern Iran for some time after the advent of Islam. I
don't think its reported that any distinctive script did, though I'm not
sure. This is not a Semitic language, of course, but the circumstances
would have been somewhat similar. Dialect and isolate enclaves like this
are always historically interesting, I think.
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