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Title: Kitāb Sībawayhi
Subtitle: Syntax and Pragmatics
Written By: Amal Elesha Marogy
URL: http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=210&pid=34113
Series Title: Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics
Description:

This book presents a comprehensive portrait of the Kitāb Sībawayhi. It
offers new insights into its historical and linguistic arguments and
underlines their strong correlation. The decisive historical argument
highlights al-Ḥīra's role, not only as the centre of pre-Islamic Arabic
culture, but also as the matrix within which early Arab linguistics grew
and developed. The Kitāb's value as a communicative grammar forms the crux
of the linguistic argument. The complementarity of syntax and pragmatics is
established as a condition sine qua non for Sībawayhi's analysis of
language. The benefits of a complementary approach are reflected in the
analysis of nominal sentences and related notions of ibtidā' and
definiteness. The pragmatic principle of identifiability is uncovered as
the ultimate determiner of word order.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789004178168
Pages: 238
Prices: Europe EURO 108
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