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Title: Arabic Grammar in its Formative Age
Subtitle: Kitāb al-‘Ayn and its Attribution to h̬alīl b. Aḥmad
Written By: R. Talmon
Series Title: Studies in Semitic Language & Linguistics

This volume deals with the numerous grammatical passages included in the
voluminous Kitāb al-‘Ayn, the earliest Arabic dictionary (8th century).
This material is isolated and classified according to its various
grammatical categories and then analyzed, taking due account of the current
knowledge of the state of Arabic grammar in its early stage of development.
The much disputed attribution of Kitāb al-‘Ayn to h̬alīl b. Aḥmad is
reconsidered from the vantage point of this grammatical material. This
reconsideration involves a critical study of the vast medieval literature
about ̬alīl's personality and the question of attribution of this early
Arabic dictionary. In addition to the author's analysis, the volume
includes an appendix with citations of the original grammatical passages of
this dictionary with useful indices.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Ling & Literature

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9004108122
ISBN-13: 9789004108127
Prices: U.S. $ 246
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