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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 Three (479)

Analysis of Chapter Three (479)

(p.131) 9 Analysis of Chapter Three (479)
Sibawayh on ?imalah (Inclination)

Solomon I. Sara

Edinburgh University Press

As a first formalization of the grammar of Arabic, Sībawayh in his book isolates the regularities he finds in the language according to the patterns of the language, and calls this pattern Giyās. However, there are also irregularities. This chapter notes that such cases occur when there is Ɂimālah without the phonetic triggers which affected the Ɂimālah changes observed in their proper environments. There is inclination of [A] in frequently occurring personal names. It also happens in a frequently occurring common name and when it is perceived as a substitute for [y] in frequently occurring common names.

Keywords:   grammar formalization, Arabic language, Sībawayh, Giyās, personal names, common names

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