- Paperback: 828 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 18, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415130859
- ISBN-13: 978-0415130851
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,102,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Modern Written Arabic: A Comprehensive Grammar (Comprehensive Grammars) 1st Edition
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'A major contribution to the field of Arabic studies. Modern Written Arabic is a fantastic achievement from a team of three highly experienced and specialist authors ... An excellent book with a great deal to offer ... There are huge riches to be found, many of which are not discussed in any other currently available volume.' – BAAL News
About the Author
El Said Badawi is Professor of Arabic Language and Linguistics at the American University in Cairo. M.G. Carter is Professor of Arabic at the University of Oslo. Adrian Gully is Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Exeter.
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As a reference grammar, it will not be necessary (perhaps not even useful) to the student until he is at least at intermediate level. The grammatical terminology is highly technical - there is a useful glossary of terms in the back - and has rather idiosyncratic variations from terms that have become standard over the last century and a half (e.g. the 'accusative' case becomes the 'dependant' case). This is annoying: more seriously in my opinion, no attempt at all is made to provide native Arabic terms. Grammar is illustrated by a wealth of examples, presented in unpointed Arabic script, in a formal transliteration (i.e. with i'rab transliterated) and in translation (sometimes two where the idiom differs vastly between English and Arabic). This is excellent, and mitigates my strongest criticism of the book - it is littered with typos, especially in the Arabic script. Fortunately with the transliteration, one has a check. It is disappointing that Routledge who, after all, are charging a vast sum equivalent to a Harissowitz or Brill book for the hard-back edition haven't tried to emulate the editorial standards of the serious academic presses.
However, despite complaints, this is a work that will amply repay study. I would still recommend the student to use a good teaching grammar - I like Haywood and Nahmad - before and as a guide to 'recommended' usage, especially as Haywood and Nahmad has reference to Arabic terminology (Wright could serve as a terminological reference for the more advanced Classical Arabic student, and indeed goes far beyond H&N in covering terminology). Finally, thanks to Routledge for bringing this book out at a price that a student can (just about) afford.
Karin Ryding's A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic, which I thought might be comparable, is a fairly normal reference grammar of MSA. I personally prefer Ron Buckley's grammar,Modern Literary Arabic, to Ryding. It compliments Modern Written Arabic, and would be better as a first reference.
MANY typos in Arabic script. Even in verb paradigms.
Nevertheless, if you are searching for syntactical phenomena in MWA and you don't have a copy of Cantarino, or if you are looking for information about current trends in MWA , better have a copy of this book on your shelf.
Ofcourse, it have some flaws, spelling errors, etc., but it is a very helpful tool, like no other source or reference tool.