Covering all aspects of the history of Arabic, the Arabic linguistic tradition, Arabic dialects, sociolinguistics and Arabic as a world language, this introductory guide is perfect for students of Arabic, Arabic historical linguistics and Arabic sociolinguistics. Concentrating on the difference between the two types of Arabic the classical standard language and the dialects Kees Versteegh charts the history and development of the Arabic language from its earliest beginnings to modern times. Students will gain a solid grounding in the structure of the language, its historical context and its use in various literary and non-literary genres, as well as an understanding of the role of Arabic as a cultural, religious and political world language. New for this edition: additional chapters on the structure of Arabic, Bilingualism and Arabic pidgins and creoles; a full explanation of the use of conventional Arabic transcription and IPA characters; an updated bibliography and all chapters have been revised and updated in light of recent research.
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Arab world Arabic dialects Arabic grammarians Arabic language Arabic script Arabic-speaking Arabicisation Aramaic became become Bedouin dialects Behnstedt Berber bilingualism borrowed broken plurals Cairene century Chapter Christian Classical Arabic code-switching colloquial language conquests consonants culture declensional endings derived dictionary diglossia Egypt Egyptian Arabic example feminine French genitive grammar Greek Hebrew influence inscriptions instance interdentals Juba Arabic Judaeo-Arabic Kitāb large number Lebanese lexical lexicon linguistic situation literary loans loanwords Maghreb Maltese marker modern dialects Modern Standard Arabic Moroccan Arabic Morocco morphology Muslim Nabataean North Africa nouns original papyri pattern period Persian phonemes phonological pidgin pre-Islamic prefix pronoun Qurʾān Qurʾānic realisation regarded scholars sedentary dialects Semitic languages sentence short vowels singular South Arabian speech spoken standard language structure suffix Swahili syntactic Syrian Arabic term tion translation tribes Tunisia Turkish variation variety of Arabic vernacular Western Woidich words writing written