History of the Arabic Language

This course will focus on the development of the Arabic language from its origins to the present. Both internal and external history will be considered so that students acquire a firm grounding in the linguistic evolution of the language, coupled with an understanding of its development in relation to a range of social and cultural phenomena. Particular attention will be paid to aspects of Arabic linguistic variation across the Arab-speaking world, and regional variation among major Arabic dialects in the lexicon and grammar. Readings will consist of Arabic texts taken from a variety of sources, including print and non-print.

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The Arabic Language. Versteegh, Kees. Edinburgh University Press, 1997.

Modern Arabic, Revised Edition: Modern Arabic: Structures, Functions, and Varieties. Holes, Clive. Georgetown University Press, 2004.
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ARBC 6620

All Sections in Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

ARBC6620A-L14 Lecture (Elkhafaifi)