Modern South Arabian
A research area within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Modern South Arabian research
Our research began with the audio/visual documentation of the five Modern South Arabian languages spoken in Oman and Yemen. Over 200 hours of audio/visual material collected by the research team have been archived in ELAR, SOAS.
Research is now being conducted on the phonetics and phonology of two of the languages, Mehri and Shehret, and on communicative gesture in these languages.
Impact and engagement
Creation of an Arabic-based orthography for the six Modern South Arabian languages. This has been used by native speakers for transcribing audio texts and for writing blogs. Presentations: The majority of recent international presentations have been co-presented with native speakers of the languages, and several recent publications have been coauthored with local community members.
WhatsApp and Facebook groups on Mehri have been created as a result of the research activities conducted in Dhofar, Oman.
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