- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Georgetown University Press; Paper edition edition (September 28, 2000)
- Language: Arabic
- ISBN-10: 0878407898
- ISBN-13: 978-0878407897
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Syntax of Spoken Arabic: A Comparative Study of Moroccan, Egyptian, Syrian, and Kuwaiti Dialects (Arabic Edition) (Arabic) Paper edition Edition
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About the Author
Kristen E. Brustad is an associate professor of Arabic at Emory University. She is co-author, with Mahmoud Al-Batal and Abbas Al-Tonsi, of the Arabic language program Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic, published by Georgetown University Press.
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GREAT BOOK! If you are interested in (arabic) linguistics, get this book!
This book is, as the title suggests, a comparative study of Moroccan, Egyptian, Syrian, and Kuwaiti dialects-- each one representative of major regional groups in vernacular Arabic (here North African, Egyptian, Levantine, and Gulf, respectively). Bearing in mind that each country has its own variations even between town to town, the author does her best to include different demographics for each country's study. She lists her sources in the first appendix, and the second appendix is a series of long passages that A) she used for her study, and B) are great for reading to get an even bigger feel of a conversation in the dialect specified. (They are shown here written in each of these 3 modes: vernacular Arabic writing, transliteration, and English translation. Each sentence is numbered for easy reference.) Throughout the book's myriad of examples, the author took the painstaking task of completely breaking down each prefix, word, and suffix for her translations.
The body of her work goes into great technicalities and remains readable, fun, and interesting for someone who is interested in comparing these dialects. I highly recommend this book.