Chapter

Dialects

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/9780748627950.003.0014
Dialects

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Throughout his discussion of Ɂimālah, Sībawayh frequently refers to specific tribal preferences in the use of Ɂimālah. This chapter notes that the thrust of the analysis of Ɂimālah is aimed at exploring the question of who uses it and under what conditions they do so. It presents an inventory of statements about the use or non-use of Ɂimālah attributed to specific groups of speakers of Arabic and some specific dialectal characteristics. The chapter also notes that people whose Arabic is trustworthy incline where there is no trigger for inclination. A feature of the discussion of Ɂimālah by Sībawayh is that there is variation among speakers, but the triggers for the variation are common to all speakers.

Keywords: Ɂimālah; Sībawayh; inclination; Arabic speakers; Arabic dialects

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Subjects: Cultural Studies

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