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The word “Scotland” in Arabic

I am a bit confused about the role of Hamza ء and Alif ا in the arabic word for Scotland.

1) If Alif were only to prevent a consonant cluster at the beginning of the word, there shouldn't be Hamza and من should be vocalized as follows: مِنَ. So this is not the case here, right?

2) If Hamza occurs in the word, why is it not أُسْكُتْلَنْدا?

May someone please clarify?

November 6, 2019, 5:10 PM


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