LINGUIST List 25.2226

Tue May 20 2014

Calls: Semitic, Historical Ling, Anthropological Ling, Ling & Literature, Text/Corpus Ling, Socioling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <>

Date: 20-May-2014
From: Na'ama Pat-El <>
Subject: Comparative Semitic and Arabic Studies
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Full Title: Comparative Semitic and Arabic Studies

Date: 01-Sep-2014 - 05-Sep-2014
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Contact Person: Na'ama Pat-El
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Semitic

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2014

Meeting Description:

The Zentrum für Islamische Studien (Center for Islamic Studies) at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is pleased to announce the congress Horizonte der islamischen Theologie (Horizons of Islamic Theology) to be held from Monday 1 to Friday 5 September 2014 at the University of Frankfurt.

The study of Near and Middle East past and present as well as the study of the philologia sacra demands an ever-growing expert knowledge of the methods and theories of history, sociology and literature. In most academic institutions, however, the study of these fields is considered separate disciplines. As a consequence, Arabists and scholars of Islamic studies will normally study Classical Arabic to a certain level but rarely acquaint themselves with other Semitic languages, despite their importance with regard to the Biblical background of the Koran as well as the linguistic and cultural setting of the Koran and Early Islam.

The section “Comparative Semitic and Arabic Studies”, organized by Daniel Birnstiel (Frankfurt) and Na’ama Pat-El (University of Texas, Austin), attempts to highlight the benefits of a linguistic and comparative engagement of Arabic with other regional languages and societies for an improved understanding of Early Islam and its literary heritage.

Already in 1923 in the introduction to his Arabische Syntax, Herrmann Reckendorf identified the investigation of Arabic Syntax from a historical perspective as one of the most pressing tasks of Arabic studies. Nevertheless, only a small number of corpus-based studies attempting to solve grammatical questions and difficulties have been published to date. This panel is dedicated to the presentation of new research in the field of Arabic syntax.

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions to two panels “New Insights in Historical Arabic Syntax” and “Arabic and Semitic: How archaic is the fuṣḥā?”. Please submit abstracts no longer than 300 words to Dr. Daniel Birnstiel ( and Dr. Na’ama Pat-El (, accompanied by a short bio, by June 30 2014.

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