Arabic Linguistic Thought and Dialectology


Levin, Aryeh. Arabic Linguistic Thought and Dialectology. Jerusalem: The Max Schloessinger Memorial Foundation, 1998.
Arabic Linguistic Thought and Dialectology


The articles collected in this volume form a contribution to the study of Arabic linguistics. Most of them deal with Arabic medieval grammatical thought and terminology and are based on the oldest grammatical treatises known to us, especially Sībawayhi's al-Kitāb. The study of these two topics is interrelated, since the understanding of Arabic grammatical thought depends on the understanding of its terminology and vice versa.


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  • “The fundamental principles of the Arab grammarians’ theory of ‘amal.”

  • “The grammatical terms al-musnad, al-musnad ilayhi and isnād.”
  •  “The distinction between nominal and verbal sentences according to the Arab grammarians.”
  • “The meaning of ta‘addā al-fi‘l ilā in Sībawayhi’s al-Kitāb.”
  • “Sībawayhi’s view of the syntactic structure of kāna wa-axawātuhā.”
  • “The syntactic technical term al-mabiniyy ‘alayhi.”
  • “The medieval Arabic term kalima and the modern linguistic term morpheme: similarities and differences.”
  • “What is meant by akalūnī al-barāġību?”
  • “The views of the Arab grammarians on the classification and syntactic function of prepositions.”
  • “The category of asmā’ al-fi‘l in Arabic grammar.”
  • “What is meant by al-maf‘ūl al-muṭlaq?”
  • “Sībawayhi’s attitude to the spoken language.”
  • “The authenticity of Sībawayhi’s description of the imāla.”
  • “The imāla of alif fā‘il in old Arabic.”
  • “The particle la- as an object marker in some Arabic dialects of the Galilee.”
  • The role of the Mesopotamian qəltu dialects in the history of the Arabic dialects of Iraq.”
  • “The vernacular poetry of Ṣafiyy al-Dīn al-Ḥillī: A source for the reconstruction of Iraqi Arabic in the 14th century.”
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