A Linguistic History of Arabic


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A Linguistic History of Arabic presents a reconstruction of proto-Arabic by the methods of historical-comparative linguistics. It challenges the traditional conceptualization of an old, Classical language evolving into the contemporary Neo-Arabic dialects. Professor Owens combines established comparative linguistic methodology with a careful reading of the classical Arabic sources, such as the grammatical and exegetical traditions. He arrives at a richer and more complex picture of early Arabic language history than is ...

A Linguistic History of Arabic 2009, OUP Oxford, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780199563302

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A Linguistic History of Arabic 2006, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780199290826