The Foundations of Arab Linguistics V

Kitāb Sībawayhi, The Critical Theory


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This volume contains a selection of papers presented at the Fifth Conference on the Foundations of Arab Linguistics (FAL V, Cambridge, 2018). The first part of the book deals with Sībawayhi’s Kitāb, the oldest known treatise of Arabic grammar: after providing insights on some of its specific terminology, these chapters evaluate its place as a source within the long-term tradition of grammatical studies. The second part of the book focuses on parallel developments in the Arabic grammatical theory, both in the classical and postclassical periods up to the 15th century. Some contributions also address the relationship between grammar and other disciplines, notably philosophy and Qurʾānic exegesis. As such, this volume aims to deepen our knowledge of the development of linguistic theories in the Islamicate world.

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Manuel Sartori, Ph.D. (2012), Aix-Marseille Université-AMU, is professor of Arabic grammar and linguistics at AMU. He specializes in Arabic linguistics and the history of the Arabic language. He notably co-edited Approaches to the History and Dialectology of Arabic in Honor of Pierre Larcher (Brill, 2016) and Case and Mood Endings in Semitic Languages — Myth or Reality? (Harrassowitz, 2018).

Francesco Binaghi, Ph.D. (2015), Aix-Marseille Université-AMU, is associate professor of Arabic language and linguistics at the university Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3. He specializes in the history of the Arabic grammatical tradition. He edited a thematic issue of the journal Histoire Épistémologie Langage (40/2, 2018) on the contribution of Andalusi grammarians to the Arabic linguistic tradition.
The book addresses scholars in the fields of Arabic linguistics and the history of linguistics, and more specifically those interested in the Arabic grammatical and linguistic tradition.
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