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Title: Studies in the Linguistic Structure of Classical Arabic
Written By: N. Kinberg
Edited By: L. Kinberg
Kees Versteegh
URL: http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=10&pid=9287
Series Title: Studies in Semitic Language & Linguistics
Description:

In 1997 Naphtali Kinberg died, one of the best specialists in Classical
Arabic and the Arabic grammatical tradition. His main work, the index on
Farrā’'s Ma‘ānī l-Qur’ān, which appeared in the Brill series Handbook of
Oriental Studies (1996) will remain one of the most important reference
tools for future research in this field.

In this volume the editors have collected a number of articles in which
Kinberg demonstrates his ability to combine modern linguistic insights with
the theories of the Arab grammarians. The result is a series of detailed
studies on such aspects of the structure of Arabic as conditional
sentences, adverbial clauses, and the particles lākin and qad. These
articles have been published before, sometimes in relatively inaccessible
journals. They are now made available in a collective volume, and made
accessible by an index that will facilitate using them in research on
Arabic linguistics.

This volume also contains an important study that was part of Kinberg's
legacy, the edition and translation of a treatise on the pronunciation of
the ḍād by the grammarian ‘Alī al-Mansūrī (12th/18th century). This
treatise is an important document on a hitherto neglected aspect of Arabic
phonetic studies. It discusses the phonetic status of the sound that was
regarded by the Arabs themselves as the most characteristic sound of their
language.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Phonetics
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard

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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9004117652
ISBN-13: 9789004117655
Pages: x
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