Since The Arabic Linguistic Tradition was published in 1990, the field of
Arabic linguistics has grown significantly. New journals, societies, and
professional groups are flourishing as more contemporary linguists pursue
the study of the Arabic language and its origins.
This book remains a touchstone in the field of Arabic linguistics. It is
one of the first books to cover the whole range of language in Arabic
culture and to offer a historical linguistic survey of the Arabic language
from Classical to Modern Standard Arabic. The expert authors discuss pure
grammatical theory as well as the context of language as it is used in
religion, literature, law, and other disciplines.
The Arabic Linguistic Tradition presents a concise overview of the most
important issues in theoretical and speculative linguistics in the Arabic
tradition, from their origins in the eighth century through the
codification of grammar in the tenth century to its decline in the
fifteenth century. This volume represents the highest level of scholarship
in English on phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic theory
as they were developed by the major Arabic grammarians including Sibawayhi
and al-Khalil ibn Ahmad.
Graduate students and scholars of Arabic linguistics and historical
linguists will find this book to be a timeless classic.