This atlas is based on large-scale fieldwork conducted in Galilee in the mid-nineties of last century. Galilee is the area with the highest percentage of arabophones in Israel and displays a rather complex dialectal situation. The reshuffling of large parts of the population after 1948 led to a considerable degree of dialectal diversity in many places. Moreover, many points of investigation show, besides the notorious Bedouin-sedentary dichotomy, a significant sociolinguistic variation with respect to age, sex, and denomination.The atlas contains seventy-three phonetic and phonologial maps, in addition to eighty morphological and thirty-eight lexical maps.Ten maps deal with the classification of the dialects.The atlas is of interest to semitists, dialectologists and variationists.
Peter Behnstedt, Ph.D. (1973) University of Tübingen, Dr. habil. (1997) University of Hamburg, has published atlases, monographs and articles of Arabic dialects of Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Tunisia, Sudan and Morocco.
Aharon Geva-Kleinberger, Ph.D. (2000) Erlangen-Nürnberg University, is Professor of Arabic and Semitic Languages at the University of Haifa, Israel. He has published many articles in these fields including several books on Palestinian dialects.
All interested in Arabic dialectology, especially Palestinian Dialects from a multidisciplinary point of view.