Arab Linguistics

An introductory classical text with translation and notes

Michael G. Carter | University of Sydney
ISBN 9789027245069 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
ISBN 9789027286512 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
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This volume provides an analysis of a famous medieval Arabic grammatical text, al-Ājurrūmiya (c. 1300), as commented on by aš-Šhirbīnī (d. 1570). This edition includes the original text and a translation into English, as well as extensive comments and annotations, with the aim of making accessible both to Arabists and non-Arabists the main elements of indigenous Arabic linguistics, and thereby at least partially filling a large blank in the history of linguistics.

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“Indispensible not only to English speaking students of its subject but to native Arab linguists as well.”

The present work is massively erudite, sound in scholarship, and (as has been said) almost over-rich in example and reference. It is also, surprisingly often, human, even personal and witty. Close, or for that matter casual, study of any part of it is not only rewarding but positively enjoyable.

“[T]here can be no doubt that C.’s approach is a perfectly legitimate one, and it may even be considered very attractive for those outsiders who wish to get acquainted with the aims and methods of the Arab grammarians. [...] Having profited from C.’s explanations and observations one will be prepared for the study of more difficult texts.”
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Main BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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