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Title: Ibn Sīnā
Subtitle: A Treatise on Arabic Phonetics
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Phonetics 04

Ibn Sīnā, also known in the West as Avicenna, is a 10th -11th century
Persian Muslim philosopher and scientist. He was born around 980 C.E. / 370
H near Bukhara, in modern Uzbekistan, and died in 1037 C.E. / 428 H in
Hamedan, in modern Iran. Among his philosophical and scientific works are
kitāb ?al-šifā? ‘The book of healing’, his compendium of philosophy and
science, and ?al-qānuwn fiy ?al-t`ibb ’The canon of medicine’ his
compendium of medicine, which was translated into Latin and used in
European universities as the primary medical source book for centuries.

The treatise under discussion is a unique linguistic-scientific treatise ,
written in Arabic, about Arabic phonetics from both scientific and
linguistic perspectives. This thoughtful and innovative treatise went
beyond the traditional impressionistic descriptions of the sounds of Arabic
to include in its purview the three modalities of phonetics: the acoustic,
the articulatory, and the anatomical / physiological. In addition, it
delved into comparative phonetics and natural parallels to the sounds of
Arabic. It is of interest to linguists and phoneticians to note that this
uncommonly broad and global perspective on phonetics would become common
only in more recent research in and teaching of phonetics (19th century
on). This treatise is a landmark in the scientific study and development of

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Discipline of Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783929075915
Pages: 200
Prices: Europe EURO 68.00