This volume contains sixteen contributions from the fourth conference on the Foundations of Arabic linguistics (Genova, 2016), all having to do with the development of linguistic theory in the Arabic grammatical tradition, starting from Sībawayhi's Kitāb (end of the 8th century C.E.) and its continuing evolution in later grammarians up till the 14th century C.E. The scope of this volume includes the links between grammar and other disciplines, such as lexicography and logic, and the reception of Arabic grammar in the Persian and Malay linguistic tradition.
Manuela E.B. Golfo, lecturer in Arabic at Exeter University 2008-2013, is lecturer in Arabic and Arabic philology at Genoa University and chercheuse associée at IREMAM, CNRS, Aix-Marseille Université, from which she holds a Ph.D. in Arabic linguistics. She was the organizer of the fourth FAL conference (2016).
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: Hassina Aliane, Georgine Ayoub, Ramzi Baalbaki, Michael G. Carter, Hanadi Dayyeh, Joseph Dichy, Jean Druel, Manuela E.B. Giolfo, Wilfrid Hodges, Éva Jeremiás, Almog Kasher, Aryeh Levin, Arik Sadan, Haruko Sakaedani, Manuel Sartori, Beata Sheyhatovitch, and Kees Versteegh.
Notes on Contributors Introduction: the Evolution of Theory in the Arabic Linguistic TraditionManuela E.B. Giolfo and Kees Versteegh 1 Insights from the Approach of Sībawayhi’s Grammar: a Foundations ProposalHassina Aliane 2 Pronouns in Sībawayhi’s Kitāb and Related Concepts: ḍamīr, ʾiḍmār, muḍmarGeorgine Ayoub 3 Grammar for Beginners and Ibn Hišām’s Approach to Issues of ʾiʿrābRamzi Baalbaki 4 Sallaṭa/tasallaṭa, a Possible Parallel for ‘Govern’?Michael G. Carter 5 The Notion of taqdīm wa-taʾḫīr in al-Kitāb and Its Development in the Arabic Grammatical Tradition until the 4th/10th CenturyHanadi Dayyeh 6 The Intriguing Issue of Dictionary Arrangement in Medieval Arabic LexicographyJoseph Dichy 7 Can Ambrosiana X Sup 56 Renew Our Understanding of Sībawayhi’s Grammar?Jean Druel 8 Conditionality: Syntax and Meaning in al-Sīrāfī and Ibn SīnāManuela E.B. Giolfo and Wilfrid Hodges 9 The Technical Term taqdīr and tahfīf in Persian Classical SourcesÉva M. Jeremiás 10 How to Parse Effective Objects according to Arab Grammarians? A Dissenting Opinion on al-mafʿūl al-muṭlaqAlmog Kasher 11 The Phenomenon of ittisāʿ al-kalāmAryeh Levin 12 Which Verbal Nouns Can Function as Adverbial Accusatives of State or Condition (ḥāl) according to Sībawayhi and Later Grammarians?Arik Sadan 13 What is Definiteness in Arabic? Focusing on Proper Nouns for Genera and ʾasmāʾ mubhama ‘Ambiguous Nouns’Haruko Sakaedani 14 Definition and Determination in Medieval Arabic Grammatical ThoughtManuel Sartori 15 The Concept of tawṭiʾa in Šarḥ al-Kāfiya by Raḍī l-Dīn al-ʾAstarābāḏīBeata Sheyhatovitch 16 Malay Grammar between Arab and Western ModelKees Versteegh Index
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