Jonathan Owens's A Linguistic History of Arabic (Oxford Linguistics) PDF

By Jonathan Owens

ISBN-10: 0199563306

ISBN-13: 9780199563302

A Linguistic background of Arabic provides a reconstruction of proto-Arabic via the equipment of historical-comparative linguistics. It demanding situations the conventional conceptualization of an previous, Classical language evolving into the modern Neo-Arabic dialects. Professor Owens combines validated comparative linguistic technique with a cautious analyzing of the classical Arabic resources, similar to the grammatical and exegetical traditions. He arrives at a richer and extra advanced photo of early Arabic language background than is present this day and in doing so establishes the root for a entire, linguistically-based figuring out of the background of Arabic. The arguments are set out in a concise, case through case foundation, making it obtainable to scholars and students of Arabic and Islamic tradition, in addition to to these learning Arabic and old linguists.

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25 Why, the apologist won der e d, had Damm singled out h, among all the letters, for reproach? Hamann noted that if the letter's fault lay in its unsoundedness, the double I, the H & CO. 26 He sketched the dire consequences that would surely issue from such changes in the landscape of the German tongue: "What fra gment ation ! What Babyl onian confusion! What hod gepodge s of lettersl"27 And he dismi ssed Damm's attempt to convince his readers that "forei gne rs" considered the Germans "barbarians" on account of their silent aitches.

Ten years later I was able to return again to the village. My old man was dead, and with him all his stories were buried forever. But the ghostly tongue nevertheless continued to live. I could even see that the works of the elderly man had pro­ duced in his grandchildren and pupils (who called him 'Maestro') a kind of rebirth: the last gasping of a life condemned by history to disappear. When? "27 What is the comes to an e "c ertain point " at which a ghostly tongue finally nd ? The linguist who invoked it admitted he had failed to find it once; but still he would not doubt its existence.

25 Why, the apologist won der e d, had Damm singled out h, among all the letters, for reproach? Hamann noted that if the letter's fault lay in its unsoundedness, the double I, the H & CO. 26 He sketched the dire consequences that would surely issue from such changes in the landscape of the German tongue: "What fra gment ation ! What Babyl onian confusion! What hod gepodge s of lettersl"27 And he dismi ssed Damm's attempt to convince his readers that "forei gne rs" considered the Germans "barbarians" on account of their silent aitches.

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