The Foundations of Arabic Linguistics III

The development of a tradition: Continuity and change


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All contributions deal with the reception of theories in the Arabic grammatical tradition from the time of Sībawayhi (d. end of the 8th century C.E.) to the later grammarians in the 14th century C.E.. After Sībawayhi, considerable changes in the linguistic situation took place. The language of the Arab Bedouin described by him died as a native language. Grammars also changed, even if grammarians used for the most part the data given by Sībawayhi. This volume aims to determine continuities and changes in Arabic grammars, providing a new perspective on the impact of cultural and historical developments and on the founding principles of Sībawayhi's Kitāb.

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Georgine Ayoub is professor of Arabic linguistics at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO), Paris. She specializes in theoretical linguistics and Arabic linguistic thought. She published La question de la phrase nominale en arabe littéraire (1996) and co-edited La langue et le Sacré (2017).

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).

Contributors are Georgine Ayoub, Ramzi Baalbaki, Michael G. Carter, Jean N. Druel, Manuela B.M. Giolfo, Wilfrid Hodges, Almog Kasher, Aryeh Levin, Arik Sadan, Haruko Sakaedani, Manuel Sartori, Zeinab Taha, and Kees Versteegh.
"Die Lektüre des Bandes ist zweifellos lohnenswert für alle Forscherinnen und Forscher, die sich eindringlich mit der einheimischen arabischen Grammatiktradition beschäftigen wollen."
- Michael Waltisberg, Uni Heidelberg, in Orientalische Literaturzeitung, Vol. 115, Iss. 6, 2020, pp. 466-468
List of contributors IntroductionGeorgine Ayoub and Kees Versteegh 1 Case and reference: The theory of mā yanṣarif wa-mā lā yanṣarif in Sībawayhi’s KitābGeorgine Ayoub 2 The grammatical and lexicographical traditions: Mutual foundations, divergent paths of developmentRamzi Baalbaki 3 A twelfth-century league table of Arab grammariansMichael G. Carter 4 Blind spots in Raḍī l-Dīn al-ʾAstarābāḏī’s grammar of numeralsJean N. Druel 5 Syntax, semantics, and pragmatics in al-Sīrāfī and Ibn SīnāManuela E.B. Giolfo and Wilfrid Hodges 6 Early pedagogical grammars of ArabicAlmog Kasher 7 What is meant by al-ḥāl al-muqaddara?Aryeh Levin 8 Demonstratives in Sībawayhi’s KitābArik Sadan 9 How have the descriptions of taḥḏīr changed?Haruko Sakaedani 10 Origin and conceptual evolution of the term taḫṣīṣ in Arabic grammarManuel Sartori 11 The classification of the verb in the Arab grammatical tradition: From Sībawayhi to al-JurjānīZeinab Taha 12 Learning Arabic in the Islamic worldKees Versteegh Index
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