A Linguistic History of Arabic

Paperback | July 1, 2009

byJonathan Owens

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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 establishedcomparative 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 acomprehensive, 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.

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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 establishedcomparative linguistic methodology with a ca...

Jonathan Owens is Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland where he is on leave from his position as Professor of Arabic Linguistics at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Starting his linguistics career with a SOAS PhD on Creole Arabic Nubi of East Africa, he has taught and condu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199563306

ISBN - 13:9780199563302

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: A Language and its Secrets2. Old Arabic, Neo-Arabic, and Comparative Linguistics3. Case and Proto Arabic4. Al-Idgham al-Kabiyr and Case Endings5. Pre-Diasporic Arabic in the Diaspora: A Statistical Approach to Arabic Language History6. Nigerian Arabic and Reconstruction of the Imperfect Verb7. Imala8. Suffix Pronouns and Reconstruction9. Summary and EpilogueAppendixReferencesIndex