Chapter

Introduction

Solomon I. Sara

in Sibawayh on ?imalah (Inclination)

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748627950
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653058 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627950.003.0001
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This chapter describes Qanbar Sībawayh and his work on the Arabic language. Sībawayh was an eighth-century linguist, and was the most recognizable and respected name among grammarians of Arabic. His book, also known as Ɂal-Kitāb, is a fully fledged analysis of Arabic, and includes a wealth of detail on the structure of Arabic and a generous supply of illustrative examples. There are three Arabic editions of Sībawayh's book: Hartwig Derenbourg, Buwlāq, and Hāruwn. For the purposes of this study, Derenbourg was selected for the convenience of numbered chapters and numbered lines. The discussion notes that it is remarkable that Sībawayh was able to see Ɂimālah or inclination as a unified process with shared features across dialectal and individual lines of difference.

Keywords: Arabic; Qanbar Sībawayh; Ɂal-Kitāb; Hartwig Derenbourg; inclination; Ɂimālah

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Subjects: Cultural Studies

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