The Foundations of Arabic Linguistics II

Kitāb Sībawayhi: Interpretation and transmission


This second volume on The Foundations of Arabic Linguistics contains contributions from the second conference on Arabic linguistics, hosted by the University of Cambridge in 2012.

All contributions deal with the grammatical theories formulated by the first grammarian to write a complete survey of the Arabic language, Sībawayhi (died at the end of the 8th century C.E.). They treat such topics as the use of hadith in grammar, the treatment of Persian loanwords, the expression of modality, conditional clauses, verbal valency, and the syntax of numerals.

Contributors are: Georgine Ayoub, Michael G. Carter, Hanadi Dayyeh, Jean N. Druel, Manuela E.B. Giolfo, Almog Kasher, Giuliano Lancioni, Amal Marogy, Arik Sadan, Beata Sheyhatovitch, Cristina Solimando, and Kees Versteegh.

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Amal E. Marogy is Affiliated Researcher in Neo-Aramaic Studies at the University of Cambridge and Founder Director of Aradin Charitable Trust. Her publications include: Kitāb Sībawayhi: Syntax and pragmatics (2010) and The Foundations of Arabic Linguistics: Sībawayhi and early Arabic grammatical theory (2012).

Kees Versteegh is emeritus-professor of Arabic and Islam at the University of Nijmegen. He specializes in historical linguistics and the history of linguistics. He published The Arabic language (revised ed. 2014) and was editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Arabic language and linguistics (2006-2009).
"For the variety of the topics dealt with, the novelty of some approaches to well-known issues, the overall consistency of the essays contained, the quality of the contributions, this volume will be a reference not only for scholars interested in the Arabic linguistic tradition, but also for specialists of the history of linguistics." ~ Antonella Ghersetti, Ca' Foscari University, Venice, in Quaderni di Studi Arabi, 13 (2018), pp. 239-241.
Georgine Ayoub, "Some aspects of the relations between enunciation and utterance in Sībawayhi's Kitāb. A modal category: wājib/ġayr al-wājib"
Michael G. Carter, "The grammar of affective language in the Kitāb"
Hanadi Dayyeh, "Ittisāʿ in Sībawayhi's Kitāb: A semantic ʿilla for disorders in meaning and form"
Jean N. Druel, "What happened to the grammar of numerals after Sībawayhi?"
Manuela E.B. Giolfo, "Real and irreal conditionals in Arabic grammar: From al-ʾAstarābāḏī to Sībawayhi"
Almog Kasher, "Abstract principles in Arabic grammatical theory: The operator assigning the independent mood"
Giuliano Lancioni and Cristina Solimando, "The analysis of valency in Sībawayhi’s Kitāb"
Amal E. Marogy, "The notion of tanwīn in the Kitāb: Cognitive evaluation of function and meaning"
Arik Sadan, "Sībawayhi’s and later grammarians’ usage of ḥādīṯs as a grammatical tool"
Beata Sheyhatovitch, "The notion of fāʾida in the Medieval Arabic grammatical tradition: Fāʾida as a criterion for utterance acceptability"
Kees Versteegh, "What's it like to be a Persian? Sībawayhi's treatment of loanwords"

All interested in Arabic linguistics and the history of Arabic, in particular the Arabic grammarians, as well as anyone concerned with the history of linguistics.
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