By Kees Versteegh
Focusing on the variation among the 2 forms of Arabic--the classical average language and the dialects--Kees Versteegh charts the historical past and improvement of the Arabic language from its earliest beginnings to trendy times.
The reader is given an effective grounding within the constitution of the language, its ancient context and its use in numerous literary and non-literary genres, in addition to an knowing of the function of Arabic as a cultural, non secular and political global language
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According to this theory, the broken plurals in the South Semitic languages were originally external (suffixed) forms that were used for feminine or collective nouns and became fixed as plurals when this category had been developed. Not all broken plurals in Arabic can be explained in this way, but those with a ‘feminine’ suffix may have constituted the starting point for the other patterns. Traces of internal plurals in the North-west Semitic languages may then be explained as old collectives or abstract nouns.
Tamil). It is hard to say what the value of such conjectures is, since the time-span involved allows for a great deal of speculation about the changes that make it possible to find lexical parallels. Besides, it is debatable whether it is permissible to apply the results of Indo-European linguistics to all linguistic relationships in the world. It could very well be the case that the type of relationship in which a mother language generates daughter languages, as is commonly held to be the case in the Indo-European languages, is an exception.
We have seen above that the Tamudi were mentioned in one of the inscriptions of the Assyrian king Sargon II, who settled them near Samaria (715 bce). The name Ṯamūdic has been given to the tens of thousands of mostly short inscriptions in a script derived from the South Arabian script that have been discovered in a string of oases in west and central-north Arabia, along the caravan route to the south, as far as north Yemen. The inscriptions date from the sixth century bce to the fourth century ce; most of them were found in Dūmat al-Jandal and al-Ḥijr.
The Arabic language by Kees Versteegh