First Language Acquisition
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Sībawayhi's al-Kitāb and Ibn Jinnī's Sirr ṣināʿat al-ʾiʿrāb (Bakalla 1994) are prominent examples of distinguished scholarship that demonstrate a long investigative tradition related to the study of the Arabic language. In contrast, the acquisition of Arabic as a native language by children received no particular attention in the past – apart from some passing references, such as in al-Jāḥiẓ's encyclopedic book al-Bayān wa-t-t…

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Fatima Badry Zalami, “First Language Acquisition”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 18 July 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0016>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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