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Another interesting farming term still in current use (though not in this case of Akkadian/ Aramaic provenance) is fada ‘flat surface for drying dates’. It is in LA (late 13th century) as fadāˀ with the same meaning, and similarly glossed as luġat ˁAbd al-Qays. These attestations suggest that such farming words were typical of the ancestors of today’s Baḥārna at least seven to ten centuries ago, probably earlier. Farming has always been the Baḥārna’s occupation par excellence. 16 CHAPTER 1 CLA was the source of the word in the Arabic dialects of the Gulf.
And ‘A miner he was, not a builder’ (= ‘He was a miner, not a builder’). Such expressions are directly calqued on the vocabulary, syntax and word-order of the equivalent sentences in Welsh, which must once have been used in the English-speaking area of the Vale of Glamorgan where my grandmother was born and brought up. g. Persian), themselves full of old substrate or borrowed elements, which have been influential on certain sectors of the Gulf population? There is an associated problem/ possibility: that some of these items were present in Arabic from an early date, but were simply not recorded, for one reason or another (ignorance; deliberate omission of what were perceived to be ‘dialectal’ forms; selective coverage of semantic fields) by the early Arabic lexicographers.
Qiriyya: ‘the people of Oman are Arabs (ˁArab) who have become Nabatean-ized (istanbaṭū) and the people of Bahrain are Nabateans (Nabīṭ) who have been Arab-ized (istaˁrabū)’. ‘Nabīṭ/ Anbāṭ’ were (often slighting) bedouin appellations for the generality of non-Arab Aramaic-speaking agriculturalists, wherever in Arabia or Iraq they lived. 34 In Christian Baghdadi ˁanǧāṣ is ‘plum’. 35 A Baḥārna word; the ˁArab use gaṭu. 36 Used only in some Baḥārna villages; the ˁArab and most Baḥārna have ˁaṭa.