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A Linguistic History of Arabic (Oxford Linguistics) Paperback – October 4, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0199563302 ISBN-10: 0199563306

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  • Series: Oxford Linguistics
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199563306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199563302
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.8 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...highly stimulating read for anyone with interest in the history of Arabic...It deserves a warm welcome. Clive Holes SOAS

About the Author

Jonathan Owens is Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland where he is on leave from his position as Professor of Arabic Linguistics at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Starting his linguistics career with a SOAS PhD on Creole Arabic Nubi of East Africa, he has taught and conducted research at universities in Libya (Garyounis), Nigeria (Maiduguri), and Jordan (Yarmouk). His books include A Grammar of Libyan Arabic, 1984, A Short Reference Grammar of Nigerian Arabic, 1993 and The Foundations of Grammar: an Introduction to Medieval Arabic Grammatical Theory, 1988.

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This is a fascinating read.

Owens uses the similarities in widely dispersed contemporary Arabic dialects to hypothesize the nature of the mother language from which the daughter dialects have descended, then it further tests the hypothesis by looking at the early grammatical treatises and the various reading tradition of the Qur'an.

While one cannot adequately prove what the Arabic language was like at the time of Muhammad or during the Arab conquests, Owens makes an importance contribution to the discussion that advances our knowledge.
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