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Title: Parallels in Semitic Linguistics
Subtitle: The Development of Arabic la- and Related Semitic Particles
Written By: David D. Testen
Series Title: Studies in Semitic Language & Linguistics

This linguistic study is concerned with the role of the emphasizing
particle la- (known as lām al-ta'kīd) in the grammatical traditions of
Classical Arabic, as well as with the question of the historical
relationship connecting this particle to a set of elements in several other
Semitic languages showing comparable forms and functions. Although these
particles have hitherto seemed to defy a coherent reconstruction, the very
complexity of the data to which they attest proves to provide a key to
their interpretation. They represent a critical first step in the refining
of our understanding of the history of the Semitic sonorant phonemes.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9004109730
ISBN-13: 9789004109735
Pages: xii
Prices: U.S. $ 138
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