Arabic Morphology and Phonology: Based on the MarahI? al-arwahI?by AhI?mad b. 'Ai b. Mas'ud

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This volume presents a comprehensive study of Arabic morpho-phonology with its basics and intricacies, by making available a wide range of material from the 8th century A.D. until our days and exploring the main topics that arise.
It uses as its point of departure an unused source: the end of the 13th century Marāhū al-arwāhū by Ahūmad b. ‘alī Mas‘ūd, which is critically edited and provided with an introduction, an English translation and an extensive commentary. It offers an analysis of many grammatical theories, paradigms, qur'anical citations, verses of poetry, dialectal variants and Semitic words and concludes with various indices that make the enormous body of information easily accessible.

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Building upon her earlier book, , Akesson (Lund U. apparently) further focuses on the of Ibn Mas'ud, the work of a 13th-14th century AD author which reflects six centuries of studies in Arabic morphology. Her English translation, in tandem with the Arabic and bracketed commentary, is based on manuscripts in the Biblioth<'e>que Nationale, Paris, and the U. of Cairo. In addition to an introduction to the history of such works on morphology, background information is provided for sections covering aspects of Arab grammar from the strong verb to the verb that is doubly weak. Multiple indices relate to Qur'anic quotations, verse quotations, proper names, examples in the ; the introduction; and commentary. A glossary for the commentary is also included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Joyce Åkesson has studied Semitic languages at Lund University where she has also taught Arabic (1982-1994). She has also published on Arabic morphology including Ahūmed b. ‘Alī b. Mas‘ūd on Arabic Morphology: Part I, the Strong Verb (Brill, 1990).

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Table of Contents

I Introduction
1 The Background: Works on Morphology 3
2 Ahmad b 'Ali b Masud 7
3 The Commentaries 9
4 The Manuscripts of the Marah 13
5 The Printed texts of the Marah 14
6 The Principles of Edition 15
7 Topics in works dealing with morphology 24
8 A general Introduction to the Marah 27
II Arabic Text, Translation and Commentary
II.1 Translation: Introduction 39
II.2 Translation: The 1st Chapter is about the Strong Verb 49
II.3 Translation: The 2nd Chapter is about the Doubled Verb 195
II.4 Translation: The 3rd Chapter is about the Hamzated Verb 241
II.5 Translation: The 4th Chapter is about the Verb with Weak 1st Radical 271
II.6 Translation: The 5th Chapter is about the Verb with Weak 2nd Radical 283
II.7 Translation: The 6th Chapter is about the Verb with Weak 3rd Radical 327
II.8 Translation: The 7th Chapter is about the Verb that is doubly Weak 373
III Bibliographical references 380
III.1 Primary sources 380
III.2 Secondary sources 386
IV Abbreviations 393
1 Abbreviations of terms 393
2 Abbreviations of titles 393
V Indices 395
1 Index of Qur'anic quotations in the Marah 395
2 Index of verse quotations in the Marah 396
3 Index of names in the Marah 397
4 Index of examples in the Marah 398
5 Index of Qur'anic quotations in the Introduction and Commentary 407
6 Index of Qur'anic readers in the Introduction and Commentary 410
7 Index of verse quotations in the Commentary 411
8 Index of poets in the Commentary 414
9 Index of peoples, tribes, leaders, celebrities, schools, places, languages and deities in the Introduction and Commentary 415
10 Index of authors and titles in the Introduction and Commentary 418
11 Glossary and subject-index of the Commentary 426
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