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By Jonathan Owens

ISBN-10: 0199563306

ISBN-13: 9780199563302

A Linguistic background of Arabic offers a reconstruction of proto-Arabic through the equipment of historical-comparative linguistics. It demanding situations the normal conceptualization of an outdated, Classical language evolving into the modern Neo-Arabic dialects. Professor Owens combines proven comparative linguistic method with a cautious interpreting of the classical Arabic assets, corresponding to the grammatical and exegetical traditions. He arrives at a richer and extra advanced photo of early Arabic language historical past than is present this day and in doing so establishes the foundation for a entire, linguistically-based knowing of the historical past of Arabic. The arguments are set out in a concise, case through case foundation, making it available to scholars and students of Arabic and Islamic tradition, in addition to to these learning Arabic and ancient linguists.

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