For new professor of Arabic Erez Naaman, love of the Arabic language goes beyond its modern practicality and its importance in understanding historical texts. Growing up in Israel, Naaman occasionally heard his grandmother—who hailed from Yemen—speaking a Yemeni Arabic dialect at home. In addition, he was intrigued from a young age by the language’s elegant written appearance and sound.
“In my opinion, it’s one of the most beautiful languages,” he says. “The language is very rich and really unique in its depth of vocabulary, its architectonic syntax, and also its morphology. There’s no end to how much one can acquire and learn because there are so many aspects that you can always improve on.”
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