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Sibawayh on ?imalah (Inclination)Text, Translation, Notes and Analysis$
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Solomon I. Sara

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627950

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627950.001.0001

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Analysis of Chapter One (477)

Analysis of Chapter One (477)

(p.117) 7 Analysis of Chapter One (477)
Sibawayh on ?imalah (Inclination)

Solomon I. Sara

Edinburgh University Press

The chapters dealing with inclination comprise a small section of Ɂal-Kitāb, the book of Sībawayh. They include chapters 477–82 in Derenbourg's enumeration, six chapters out of a massive book that is 571 chapters long. Sībawayh discusses phonetic changes by dividing the sound system of Arabic into two main subclasses, ‘the still/quiescent letters’ and ‘the soft letters’. This chapter provides a template for determining the triggers for inclination. In general, the trigger is the presence of an [i] either before or after an [A], and by extension the presence of [y] in the same contexts.

Keywords:   Ɂimālah, inclination, Sībawayh, Ɂal-Kitāb, Arabic, phonetic changes, Ɂalif

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