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Books: Pragmatics/Sociolinguistics/Syntax: Marogy

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        1.    Josephine Say, Kitāb Sībawayhi: Marogy

Message 1: Kitāb Sībawayhi: Marogy
Date: 27-Jul-2010
From: Josephine Say <>
Subject: Kitāb Sībawayhi: Marogy
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Title: Kitāb Sībawayhi Subtitle: Syntax and Pragmatics Series Title: Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics Published: 2010 Publisher: Brill

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Author: Amal Marogy Hardback: ISBN: 9789004178168 Pages: 238 Price: Europe EURO 108
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004178168 Pages: 238 Price: U.S. $ 160

This book presents a comprehensive portrait of the Kitāb Sībawayhi. Itoffers new insights into its historical and linguistic arguments andunderlines their strong correlation. The decisive historical argumenthighlights al-Ḥīra's role, not only as the centre of pre-Islamic Arabicculture, but also as the matrix within which early Arab linguistics grewand developed. The Kitāb's value as a communicative grammar forms the cruxof the linguistic argument. The complementarity of syntax and pragmatics isestablished as a condition sine qua non for Sībawayhi's analysis oflanguage. The benefits of a complementary approach are reflected in theanalysis of nominal sentences and related notions of ibtidā' anddefiniteness. The pragmatic principle of identifiability is uncovered asthe ultimate determiner of word order.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics                             Sociolinguistics                             Syntax
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)
Written In: English (eng )

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