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Academic Paper


Title: Demystifying Al-Xalilian Circle Theory
Author: Abdullah Said Alhasani
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Institution: College of Applied Sciences, Rustaq
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Subject Language: Arabic, Standard
Subject LANGUAGE Family: Semitic
Abstract: Al-Xalilian circle theory has been very influential in the field of Arabic metrics given the interesting generalizations it harbors concerning Arabic verse in terms of syllabic prominence, syllabic sequencing patterns and metra makeup. This paper aims to contribute a simplistic approach to the circle theory analysis by proposing a rather simplistic representation of the
meters that is based on the metra sequencing. I call this approach the Metrical Pie Chart (MPC), given the slices that represent those of the appetizing pies. Within this view, equal cyclic permutations per half-line can be generated, whether for the full or the partial renditions of the given meter. Also, it aims to simplify metrical syllabification and render it at a glance. This approach is believed to increase the ease of metrical representation, even for amateurs.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Ms
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