By Jonathan Owens
A Linguistic background of Arabic offers a reconstruction of proto-Arabic by way of the tools of historical-comparative linguistics. It demanding situations the normal conceptualization of an previous, Classical language evolving into the modern Neo-Arabic dialects. Professor Owens combines tested comparative linguistic method with a cautious analyzing of the classical Arabic assets, reminiscent of 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 foundation for a entire, linguistically-based figuring out of the background of Arabic. The arguments are set out in a concise, case by way of 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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Combinatoric restrictions were expressed only as rules f o r how elements combined in deep structure. c. Status of categories i The rules were formulated in terms of 'AUX'7 ad-hoc syntactic categories such as (which the linguist could create at will) and 'abbreviatory· devices such as paren theses and curly brackets. 8 ii. Categories had no internal structure and t h e i r names had no significance. d. While relative simplicity in the formulation of transformations was a d e s i d e r a t u m , highly com plex formulations of transformations were regarded as acceptable.
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4 Wells (1963: 45) cites another dispute over what is baby and what is b a t h w a t e r : 'This explains how the contro versy could go on as it did between the advocates of phonetic and the advocates of phonemic transcription: each transcription had an advantage, and its advocates prized t h a t advantage more than they prized the advantage of the opposite transcription'. It is interesting to note that Bloomf i e l d (1962: sec. 66) gave an exact analog to Halle's (1959) a r g u m e n t against the classical phonemic level, except that whereas Halle concluded t h a t a phonemic level should be r e j e c t e d , Bloomfield concluded t h a t a phonemic distinction should be recognized b e t w e e n segments that did not con t r a s t , so t h a t the a l t e r n a t i o n between them could be t r e a t e d as a single morphophonemic rule r a t h e r than split between a morphophonemic rule applying in one class of cases and an allophonic rule applying in a complementary class of cases.
A Linguistic History of Arabic (Oxford Linguistics) by Jonathan Owens