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Transcription

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Author(s): Eid, Mushira | Elgibali, Alaa | Versteegh, Kees | Woidich, Manfred | Zaborski, Andrzej
Transcription is always a problem, especially in the case of an encyclopedia that brings together data from Standard Arabic and dialects. The transcription follows in the main the one adopted by Fischer and Jastrow in the Handbuch der arabischen Dialekte (1980:11–14), but with some adaptations. The editors have decided to use ḏ̣ (not ) throughout, except in proper names (thus ḏ̣uhr, but Ibn Manẓūr). In the transcription of Modern Standard Arabic and Classical Arabic, the following rules have been followed: – hamza at the beginning of the word is always transcribed –the article is tra…
Date: 2018-04-01

Acknowledgments

(375 words)

Author(s): Eid, Mushira | Elgibali, Alaa | Versteegh, Kees | Woidich, Manfred | Zaborski, Andrzej
The idea for an encyclopedia of Arabic was first suggested to Brill by Andrzej Zaborski in the early 1990s, and was later developed by a group of linguists during a meeting of the Association Internationale de Dialectologie Arabe in Cambridge in 1995. After the initial stages, Brill enthusiastically accepted the idea, under the responsibility first of Albert Hoffstädt, then of Olaf Köndgen. In the final stages of Volume I, the project was taken over by Joed Elich. The editorial committee convene…
Date: 2018-04-01

Scope and approach of the Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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Author(s): Eid, Mushira | Elgibali, Alaa | Versteegh, Kees | Woidich, Manfred | Zaborski, Andrzej
The EALL is a comprehensive encyclopedia covering all relevant aspects of the study of Arabic and dealing with all levels of the language (pre-Classical Arabic, Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Arabic vernaculars, mixed varieties of Arabic), both synchronically and diachronically. It has been published in five volumes with a total of two million words, distributed over approximately 500 entries. The treatment includes both the external and the internal history of the language, as well as…
Date: 2018-04-01

Reference tools for Arabic linguistics

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Author(s): Eid, Mushira | Elgibali, Alaa | Versteegh, Kees | Woidich, Manfred | Zaborski, Andrzej
For many disciplines within the field of Arabic studies major reference tools exist. The Encyclopaedia of Islam, especially useful for historical matters, with an emphasis on persons and places, has now embarked on its third edition. The Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān covers the entire domain of Qurʾānic studies and has only one more volume to go to completion. For Arabic literature there is the Encyclopedia of Arabic literature, as well as the Cambridge history of Arabic literature. For written production in Classical Arabic Brockelmann's Geschichte der arabischen Literatur has been…
Date: 2018-04-01