Much of the insight in the field of Arabic linguistics has for a long time remained unknown to linguists outside the field. Regrettably, Arabic data rarely feature in the formulation of theories and analytical tools in modern linguistics. This situation is unfavourable to both sides. The Arabist, once an outrider, has almost become a non-member of the mainstream linguistics community. Consequently, linguistics itself has been deprived of a wealth of data from one of the world's major languages. However, it is reassuring to witness advances being made to integrate into mainstream linguistics the visions and debates of specialists in Arabic. Building on this fruitful endeavour, this book presents thought-provoking, new articles, especially written for this collection by leading scholars from both sides. The authors discuss topics in historical, social and spatial dialectology focusing on Arabic data investigated within modern analytical frameworks.
Jared Greenblatt, Tel Aviv University
This work is a linguistic description of an obsolescent dialect of Neo-Aramaic. The dialect was originally spoken by Jews residing in the village of Amǝdya (a.k.a Amadiya) in modern-day northern Iraq. Included are edited transcriptions and translations of a selection of texts recorded in the ...
Muhammad al-Sharkawi, Brown University
This book offers a comprehensive theory of Arabicization in the Middle East and Egypt in the early period of the Arab conquests. It thereby draws on old Arab grammarians coupled with modern research in second language acquisition.
Mohssen Esseesy, The George Washington University
The empirical findings of this study establish that prepositions remain central to Arabic language users. It shows that they utilize them for construction of phrases, linked clauses, and organization of discourse, among other notable functions.
Aaron D. Rubin
This volume contains a detailed grammatical description of Mehri, an unwritten Semitic language spoken in Oman and Yemen. It is the first grammar of its kind, and the first of any Modern South Arabian language in a century.
Edited by Reem Bassiouney
This volume is the first of its kind to deal with the relation between Arabic and the media. It focuses on close analyses of examples of media Arabic (code-switching, language variation, orthography and constructions of identity), and also offers approaches to the use of media for teaching Arabic.
This book contributes to the critical discussion concerning the status of the Kitāb within the wider linguistic debate. It offers an overarching linguistic pattern that interacts with modern linguistics, and highlights the Kitāb’s true historical and linguistic potentials.
This book constitutes the first thorough, corpus-based analysis of the verb in Late Maskilic (Jewish Enlightenment) Hebrew prose fiction. It assesses Maskilic Hebrew verbal morphology and syntax both synchronically and within the context of the diachronic Hebrew verbal system.
Steven E. Fassberg
This work is a unique documentation of the now extinct Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialect of Challa (modern-day Çukurca, Turkey). It is based on recordings of the last native speaker of the dialect, who passed away in 2007. In addition to a grammatical description, it contains sample texts and a ...
Analyzing the medieval Arab grammarians' treatment of sentence types and word-order patterns in Arabic, this book sheds new light on the achievements of one of the major traditions in the history of linguistics, and assesses the contribution of modern scholarship to the discussion of the issues ...
This book is a comprehensive study of Sībawayhi's methodological concepts and methods. It analyzes a wide range of the Kitāb’s passages, demonstrates the coherency of its author’s system of grammatical analysis, and highlights its huge influence on the grammatical tradition.
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