A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic

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"A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic is a comprehensive handbook on the structure of Arabic. Keeping technical terminology to a minimum, it provides a detailed yet accessible overview of Modern Standard Arabic in which the essential aspects of its phonology, morphology and syntax can be readily looked up and understood." Accompanied by extensive carefully-chosen examples, it will prove invaluable as a practical guide for supporting students' textbooks, classroom work or self-study, and will also be a useful resource for scholars and professionals wishing to develop an understanding of the key features of the language. Grammar notes are numbered for ease of reference, and a section is included on how to use an Arabic dictionary, as well as helpful glossaries of Arabic and English linguistic terms and a useful bibliography. Clearly structured and systematically organised, this book is set to become the standard guide to the grammar of contemporary Arabic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521771511
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Series: Reference Grammars Series
  • Pages: 734
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 2.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Karin C. Ryding is Sultan Qaboos bin Said Professor of Arabic, Department of Arabic Language, Literature and Linguistics, Georgetown University.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Arabic 1
2 Phonology and script 10
3 Arabic word structure : an overview 44
4 Basic Arabic sentence structures 57
5 Arabic noun types 74
6 Participles : active and passive 102
7 Noun inflections : gender, humanness, number, definiteness, and case 119
8 Construct phrases and nouns in apposition 205
9 Noun specifiers and quantifiers 228
10 Adjectives : function and form 239
11 Adverbs and adverbial expressions 276
12 Personal pronouns 298
13 Demonstrative pronouns 315
14 relative pronouns and relative clauses 322
15 Numerals and numeral phrases 329
16 Prepositions and prepositional phrases 366
17 Questions and question words 401
18 Connectives and conjunctions 407
19 Subordinating conjunctions : the particle [actual symbol not reproducible]inna and her sisters 422
20 Verb classes 429
21 Verb inflection : a summary 438
22 Form I : the base form triliteral verb 455
23 Form II 491
24 Form III triliteral verb 503
25 Form IV triliteral verb 515
26 Form V triliteral verb 530
27 Form VI triliteral verb 543
28 Form VII triliteral verb 555
29 Form VIII triliteral verb 565
30 Form IX triliteral verb 579
31 Form X triliteral verb 584
32 Forms XI-XV triliteral verb 596
33 Quadriliteral verbs 599
34 Moods of the verb I : indicative and subjunctive 606
35 Moods of the verb II : jussive and imperative 616
36 Verbs of being, becoming, remaining, seeming (kaan-a wa-[actual symbol not reproducible]axawaat-u-haa) 634
37 Negation and exception 641
38 Passive and passive-type expressions 657
39 Conditional and optative expressions 671
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