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Title: Consonance in the Qur’an
Subtitle: A Conceptual, Intertextual and Linguistic Analysis
Written By: Hussein Abdul-Raof
Description:

The textual feature of consonance contributes effectively in the conceptual
thrust of the text. This book provides an in-depth account of inter and
intra-sentence consonance in Arabic. It expounds the impact of contextual
and co-textual factors upon the occurrence of the verb, passive participle,
active participle, plural of paucity, plural of multitude, the feminine
noun, and the phonetic form of a given lexical item. It also expounds
rigorously the different levels of linguistic analysis in the light of the
modern European linguistic theory of text linguistics. Consonance in the
Qur’an provides 11 linguistic levels of analysis as well as 10 sub-levels
of Arabic discourse. These include: (i) the grammatical level which
accounts for the grammatical features of modification, word order,
grammatical form of words, and grammatical functions of words, (ii) the
stylistic level which accounts for the stylistic feature of antithesis,
shift in cohesive devices, and selection of words, (iii) the lexical level
which accounts for lexical variation, (iv) the semantic level which
investigates the semantic componential features of words, semantic
connectivity among sentences or macro texts, the semantic connectivity
between a word and a leitmotif, and the collocation of concepts, (v) the
phrase level which deals with the occurrence of refrains, (vi) the
contextual level which accounts for the impact of context on the
juxtaposition of leitmotifs, (vii) the co-textual level which accounts for
the grammatical construction, stylistic variation, the ad hoc selection of
words, and morphological form of words, (viii) the thematic level which
investigates the linear order of themes, (ix) the letter and word level
which accounts for stylistic symmetry and rhyme phrases, (x) the level of
formulaic expressions, and (xi) the phonetic level which accounts for
phonological features of words.

This book is a vital source for linguistics and Islamic studies students
and for researchers. It provides empirical textual, grammatical, semantic,
stylistic, and phonetic analysis of Arabic. Detailed analysis of the
notions of conceptual sequentiality and intertextuality are given with
numerous examples. Consonance in the Qur’an investigates linguistic
structuring at the micro and macro levels of Arabic. In order to show the
reader how conceptual and intertextual links are maintained within a text,
this book provides a textual bird’s-eye view of the thematic and leitmotif
compartments which are the constituent units of the macro text.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3895868019
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 243
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