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[Review of] Talay Sh. Die neuaramäischen Dialekte der Khabur-Assyrer in Nordostsyrien : Einführung, Phonologie und Morphologie. Harrassowitz. Wiesbaden, 2008

P. 587-592.

The book under review is a reworked dissertation written under supervision of Prof. Otto Jastrow and submitted to Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2006. It is the first part of the planned three-volume work which is the outcome of many years of field research (1997-2005). The review includes a survey of the contents of the volume, discussion of the position of Talay's book in the context of Neo-Aramaic studies, detailed commentary on some controversial issues in the book.  The findings of Shabo Talay are compared to the dialect description by Heidi Jacobi whose work on Txuma was based on the material recorded from the informants originating in Khabur area.