Previous scholarship on Arabic prepositions typically has presented these as a static closed class of words. Inevitably, such a treatment does not take into account the diachronic development of prepositions into new functions in syntax, semantics and discourse. The present study applies grammaticalization theory to the analysis of prepositions and subordinators across varieties of Arabic. It goes beyond the traditional single-word focus and treats prepositions as parts of multiword complexes. Drawing upon a sizeable base of authentic historical and present-day Arabic data, it presents a rigorously descriptive and quantitative analysis of evolutionary processes involving prepositional forms and subordinators.
Grammaticalization of Arabic Prepositions and Subordinators
Edited by Meikal Mumin and Kees Versteegh
The Arabic script in Africa is a collection of sixteen papers on the past and present use of Arabic script to write African languages other than Arabic, discussing the (ethno-)historical, (socio-)linguistic, and in particular grammatological aspects of such writing traditions.
Francesco Grande, University Ca' Foscari, Venice
Morphemes combined with the Arabic noun exhibit many puzzling properties, still unaccounted for in the literature. This book proposes a new, unified explanation, analyzing these morphemes as copulae, with the constructions in which they occur as instances of predication
Edited by Clive Holes, University of Oxford and Rudolf de Jong, Netherlands-Flemish Institute, Cairo
Ingham of Arabia is a collection of twelve articles on modern Arabic dialectology, covering Oman, Jordan, Sinai, the Negev, southern Turkey, Syria; and other articles concerning general topics in Arabic dialectology.
The Verb in Archaic Biblical Poetry by Tania Notarius suggests a discursive, formal, and historical-linguistic analysis of the tense system in the corpus of “archaic” biblical poetry.
The Arabic Influence on Northern Berber provides an overview of the linguistic influence on a wide array of Berber varieties, the result of over a thousand years of Arabic influence.
Arik Sadan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
In The Subjunctive Mood in Arabic Grammatical Thought Arik Sadan outlines the grammatical theories on the naṣb (subjunctive mood) in Classical Arabic. Special attention is given to Sībawayhi and al-Farrāʾ, who represent the Schools of al-Baṣra and al-Kūfa respectively.
Edited by Amal Elesha Marogy, University of Cambridge. With a foreword by M.G. Carter, University of Sydney
This volume offers in-depth introductions into major aspects of the Foundations of Arabic Linguistics, early Syriac and medieval Hebrew linguistic traditions. It presents Sībawayhi in the context of his grammatical legacy and reviews his work in the light of modern theories.
Edited by Liesbeth Zack and Arie Schippers, University of Amsterdam
Drawing on the recent discussions on Middle Arabic and Mixed Arabic, this book offers a comprehensive survey of the various fields of Muslim, Jewish and Christian Arabic texts (folklore, religious and linguistic literature) as well as the matters of mixed language and diglossia.
Edited by Bilal Orfali, American University of Beirut
The collection of articles in this volume is dedicated to Ramzi Baalbaki of the American University of Beirut on the occasion of his 60th birthday. It provides an interesting glimpse into the early medieval and modern traditions related to the Arabic language, its grammar, historical ...
Edited by Giuliano Lancioni, Roma Tre University, and Lidia Bettini, University of Florence
This book is the first volume devoted to the issues raised by the definition of ‘word’ in Arabic. Papers include studies on the history of Arabic grammatical and rhetorical traditions, current theoretical and applied linguistics, and language contact.
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