A Linguistic History of Arabic

A Linguistic History of Arabic

by Jonathan Owens
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199563306

ISBN-13: 9780199563302

Pub. Date: 08/17/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

A Linguistic History of Arabic presents a reconstruction of proto-Arabic by the methods of historical-comparative linguistics. It challenges the traditional conceptualization of an old, Classical language evolving into the contemporary Neo-Arabic dialects. Professor Owens combines established comparative linguistic methodology with a careful reading of the

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A Linguistic History of Arabic presents a reconstruction of proto-Arabic by the methods of historical-comparative linguistics. It challenges the traditional conceptualization of an old, Classical language evolving into the contemporary Neo-Arabic dialects. Professor Owens combines established comparative linguistic methodology with a careful reading of the classical Arabic sources, such as the grammatical and exegetical traditions. He arrives at a richer and more complex picture of early Arabic language history than is current today and in doing so establishes the basis for a comprehensive, linguistically-based understanding of the history of Arabic. The arguments are set out in a concise, case by case basis, making it accessible to students and scholars of Arabic and Islamic culture, as well as to those studying Arabic and historical linguists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199563302
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/17/2009
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : a language and its secrets1
2Old Arabic, neo-Arabic and comparative linguistics34
3Case and proto-Arabic79
4Al-Idgham al-Kabiyr and case endings119
5Pre-diasporic Arabic in the diaspora : a statistical approach to Arabic language history137
6Nigerian Arabic and reconstruction of the imperfect verb184
7Imala197
8Suffix pronouns and reconstruction230
9Summary and epilogue266

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