Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online comprehensively covers all aspects of Arabic languages and linguistics. It is interdisciplinary in scope and represents different schools and approaches in order to be as objective and versatile as possible. The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online is cross-searchable and cross-referenced, and is equipped with a browsable index. All relevant fields in Arabic linguistics, both general and language specific are covered and the Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online includes topics from interdisciplinary fields, such as anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and computer science.

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Q (qabīh - quwwa)

(1,628 words)

qabīh Grammatical Tradition: History, Kalām qabīḥ al-kalām Insults Qaboos, Sultan Gulf States qad Auxiliary, Bahraini Arabic, Conjunctions, Copula, Discourse Analysis, Grounding, Modern Standard Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Najdi Arabic, Parts of Speech, Saudi Arabia, Translation Literature, Word Order, Xabar qaddara Taqdīr qaḏf Insults Qāḍī ʾAḥmad Kufic, T̲ulut̲ Qāḍī, Muḥammad Yūnus al- Dialect Literature Qāḍī, Wadād al- Religion and Language Qadīm China Qādirī, Murād al- Dialect Literature Qādiriyya China, Ethiopia, Senegal, Somalia Qādisiyya, al- Dialects: Ge…
Date: 2018-04-01


(5 words)

see X-Bar Syntax
Date: 2018-04-01


(3,207 words)

Author(s): Peter Hallman
1. What is a Quantifier? This entry surveys quantifiers in Arabic and classifies them according to their morphosyntactic behavior. Quantifiers are terms that express quantificational relations between sets, where sets are expressed by predicates, e.g. noun phrases and verb phrases. For example, the quantifier most in (1) expresses a relation between Egyptians (a noun phrase (NP) denoting the set of Egyptians) and love Umm Kulthoum (a verb phrase (VP) denoting the set of individuals who love Umm Kulthoum). (1) Most Egyptians love Umm Kulthoum The relation that most expresses is tru…
Date: 2018-04-01


(4 words)

see WH-Movement
Date: 2018-04-01


(7,360 words)

Author(s): Muhammad Abdel Haleem
The Qurʾān uses the fact that it was revealed in Arabic to argue that the Arabs who hear it have no excuse for not understanding: “We have sent it down as an Arabic Qurʾān so that you [people] may understand” (Q. 12/2). As Sībawayhi (d. 177/793?) puts it, “They were addressed in their own speech, and the Qurʾān came to conform to their language and what they understood” ( Kitāb I, 331–332). Similarly, aš-Šāṭibī (d. 790/1388) states: “The Qurʾān was revealed in Arabic, conforming to the way the Arabs spoke, making it easy for them to understand what God commands and prohibits” ( Muwāfaqāt III, 346…
Date: 2018-04-01