List of Contributors

Georgine Ayoub is professor of Arabic linguistics at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO), Paris, France, and a researcher at Cermom in the same university. Her fields of research include theoretical linguistics, the history of the Arabic language, Arabic linguistic thought, and ancient Arabic poetry. Her books include Prédicat, figures, catégories: La question de la phrase nominale en arabe littéraire (Lille, 1996). She has published widely on Sībawayhi’s Kitāb and on syntax and semantics in Arabic linguistic theory.

Ramzi Baalbaki is the Margaret Weyerhaeuser Jewett Chair of Arabic at the American University of Beirut and the Head of the Academic Council of the Doha Historical Dictionary of the Arabic Language. He has published extensively on Arabic grammatical theory and Arabic lexicography. His books include The legacy of the Kitāb: Sībawayhi’s analytical methods within the context of the Arabic grammatical theory (Leiden, 2008) and The Arabic lexicographical tradition from the 2nd/8th to the 12th/18th century (Leiden, 2014). He has also produced critical editions of numerous Classical Arabic texts and co-authored with his late father Mounir Baalbaki the famous English-Arabic dictionary al-Mawrid and its comprehensive counterpart, al-Mawrid al-ʾakbar (Beirut, 2005).

Michael G. Carter after a D.Phil. (Oxon) taught at Sydney University (1968–1985), then Duke (1985–1986), New York University (1986–1996) and Oslo University (1996–2004) until retirement. His research interests are Sībawayhi and early Arabic grammatical theory, and the relationship between grammar, law and philosophy in Medieval Islam.

Jean N. Druel is a researcher in the history of Arabic grammar; since October 2014, he has been the director of IDEO (Institut dominicain des études orientales) in Cairo. After a Master’s degree in theology and Coptic patristics (Institut catholique de Paris, 2002), he obtained a Master’s degree in teaching Arabic as a foreign language (American University in Cairo, 2006), and in 2012 he obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Nijmegen with a thesis on the Arabic grammarians’ theories about the syntax of numerals.

Manuela E.B. Giolfo was lecturer in Arabic at the University of Exeter (2008–2013). In 2013 she moved to the University of Genoa, where she is researcher in Arabic language and literature and lecturer in Arabic language and philology. From 2014 she is also chercheuse associée at the Institut de recherches et d’ études sur le monde arabe et musulman (IREMAM)—CNRS—Aix-Marseille Université. She holds an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Milan, and a Ph.D. in Arabic linguistics from Aix-Marseille University. She edited Arab and Arabic linguistics: Traditional and new theoretical approaches (Journal of Semitic Studies, Suppl. 34, 2014) and, with M. Sartori and Ph. Cassuto, Approaches to the history and dialectology of Arabic in honor of Pierre Larcher (Leiden, 2016).

Wilfrid Hodges taught at London University (Bedford College and then Queen Mary) from 1968 to 2006, researching in mathematical logic, and writing five textbooks of logic at different levels (one joint-authored). Since his retirement in 2006 he has worked mainly in history of logic, concentrating on the logic and semantics of Ibn Sīnā in comparison with other Arabic writers. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (Philosophy section).

Almog Kasher has a Ph.D. degree (2007) in Arabic; he is lecturer in Bar-Ilan University. His main field of study is the Medieval Arabic grammatical tradition, with the emphasis on its early history, Sībawayhi’s commentaries, and pedagogical grammars.

Aryeh Levin was born in Israel in 1937. He is professor emeritus of Arabic at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on The ʾimāla in the Arabic dialects (The Hebrew University of jerusalem, 1971). His main fields of research are: Arabic Medieval grammatical thought and terminology, history of the Arabic language, and modern Arabic dialects. He was the Head of the Department of Arabic Language and Literature, 1987–1992, and the Head of the Institute of Asian and African Studies of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1992–1998. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious “Israel Prize in General Linguistics” for his achievements in the field of Arabic linguistics.

Arik Sadan holds a B.A. in linguistics and Arabic language and literature (2001) and an M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2010) in Arabic language and literature, all from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research fields are Arabic grammatical thought, Arab grammarians, Classical, Modern and Colloquial Arabic linguistics, manuscripts in Arabic grammar and other fields. He teaches various courses in various academic institutions in these fields. After the publication of several articles, he published two books: A critical edition of the grammatical treatise Taḏkirat jawāmiʿ al-ʾadawāt by Muḥammad b. Aḥmad b. Maḥmūd (Wiesbaden, 2012) and The subjunctive mood in Arabic grammatical thought (Leiden, 2012), the latter being a revised English version of his Ph.D. thesis.

Haruko Sakaedani is part-time lecturer in Arabic at Keio University, the University of Tokyo, Tokai University and Waseda University. She holds an M.A. in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from the American University in Cairo and a PhD in Arabic linguistics from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Manuel Sartori became, after graduating in Comparative Politics at the Institut d’ études politiques (Aix-en-Provence, 1999) and in Arabic studies at Aix-Marseille University (2004), senior teacher (professeur agrégé) in Arabic (2009). He completed his Ph.D. in Arabic language and linguistics at Aix-Marseille University (2012). During his study, he spent several years in the Arab world, in Cairo and mainly in Damascus. He is now lecturer and head of Arabic teaching at the Institut d’ études politiques (IEP/ScPo) in Aix-en-Provence and researcher at the Institut de recherches et d’ études sur le monde arabe et musulman (IREMAM). His research interests include Arabic grammar and linguistics (diachronic and synchronic, Medieval and contemporary) and the history of the Arabic language.

Zeinab A. Taha is associate professor of Arabic language and linguistics at the TAFL Masters program at the American University in Cairo. She received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1995. Her research interests are Medieval grammatical theory and language variation and change. Her recent publications are Development of Arabic grammatical thought (Cairo, 2011; in Arabic) and “Syntactic variation in Modern Written Arabic” in the Handbook for Arabic language teaching professionals in the 21st century, II (2017).

Kees Versteegh is emeritus professor of Arabic and Islam at the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands). He specializes in historical linguistics and the history of linguistics, focusing on processes of language change, language contact, and pidgin and creole languages. His books include The Arabic linguistic tradition (London, 1997), and The Arabic language (Edinburgh, 1997, revised ed. 2014). He was the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Arabic language and linguistics (Leiden, 2006–2009).

The Foundations of Arabic Linguistics III

The development of a tradition: Continuity and change


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