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A Linguistic History of Arabic, PDF eBook

A Linguistic History of Arabic PDF


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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 andmore 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 ofArabic and Islamic culture, as well as to those studying Arabic and historical linguists.