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Title: The Legacy of the Kitāb
Subtitle: Sībawayhi’s Analytical Methods within the Context of the Arabic Grammatical Theory
Written By: Ramzi Baalbaki
URL: http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=210&pid=26210
Series Title: Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics
Description:

This book is a comprehensive study of the Kitāb of Sībawayhi (d. 180/796),
undoubtedly the most authoritative work in the long history of Arabic
grammar. It carefully examines the methodological concepts and methods that
underline Sībawayhi’s analysis of Arabic and the way in which these methods
evolved at the hands of later grammarians. Placing the Kitāb within the
context of early Arabic philological activity, this book analyzes a wide
range of its passages and demonstrates the coherency of its author’s system
of grammatical analysis and the interrelatedness of his analytical tools
and notions. In particular, Sībawayhi’s huge influence on the overall
Arabic grammatical tradition is highlighted throughout the book. This
notwithstanding, it is argued that most later grammarians largely neglect
the semantic dimension which vividly features in Sībawayhi’s approach to
language as a social behavior and his reconstruction of the internal
thinking of the speaker and the listener.

About the Author
Ramzi Baalbaki, Ph.D. 1978), University of London, is the Margaret
Weyerhaeuser Jewett Professor of Arabic at the American University of
Beirut. He has published extensively on the history of the Arabic
grammatical tradition. Several of his articles were collected in a Variorum
volume entitled Grammarians and Grammatical Theory in the Medieval
Arabic Tradition
(2004).

Readership
All those interested in the Arabic grammatical theory, in particular
morphology and syntax, as well as Arabists in general and researchers in
the history of linguistics having a basic knowledge of Arabic.

Keywords: Grammar, linguistics, morphology, syntax, pragmatics,
rhetorics, Qu’ranic readings

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Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Syntax
Discipline of Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789004168138
Pages: 352
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