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Classical Arabic
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1. General definitions

Classical Arabic designates that form of Arabic which was described by the Arab grammarians of the 8th century and called by them al-ʿarabiyya. They regarded this as the only correct Arabic language. Western scholars call it Classical Arabic to differentiate it from the Arabic vernaculars of the neo-Arabic type. It is the language in which the Ar…

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Wolfdietrich Fischer, “Classical Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 13 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0057>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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