Chapter

Analysis of Chapter One (477)

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/9780748627950.003.0008
Analysis of Chapter One (477)

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The chapters dealing with inclination comprise a small section of Ɂal-Kitāb, the book of Sībawayh. They include chapters 477–82 in Derenbourg's enumeration, six chapters out of a massive book that is 571 chapters long. Sībawayh discusses phonetic changes by dividing the sound system of Arabic into two main subclasses, ‘the still/quiescent letters’ and ‘the soft letters’. This chapter provides a template for determining the triggers for inclination. In general, the trigger is the presence of an [i] either before or after an [A], and by extension the presence of [y] in the same contexts.

Keywords: Ɂimālah; inclination; Sībawayh; Ɂal-Kitāb; Arabic; phonetic changes; Ɂalif

Chapter.  2528 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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