By Jonathan Owens
A Linguistic historical past of Arabic offers a reconstruction of proto-Arabic via the equipment 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 validated comparative linguistic technique with a cautious examining of the classical Arabic resources, resembling the grammatical and exegetical traditions. He arrives at a richer and extra advanced photograph of early Arabic language heritage than is present this present day and in doing so establishes the root for a accomplished, linguistically-based realizing of the heritage 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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