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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2006

ARA 383C • Varieties and Registers of Arabic Past and Present

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42307 W
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
WAG 208
Brustad, K

Course Description

This course explores concepts of language register from "al- Arabiyya" to Lahn to al- Lahajaat across the history of Arabic, from the present day to data from pre- Islamic time recorded by medieval Arab grammarians. We will investigate both grammatical history and the ideologies about that history in both Arabic and western scholarship. To be conducted in Arabic, with readings in both Arabic and English.

Grading Policy

Well prepared participation in class discussions 25% Weekly writing assignments on the readings 25% Short presentations as assigned (1 - 2) 15% Research paper to be chosen in consultation with instructor, to be orally presented in class and submitted in written form on exam date 35%


Handbuch der Arabischen Dialekte, Fischer and Jastrow The Syntax of Spoken Arabic, Brustad Ancient West Arabian, C. Rabin Studies in the Grammar of Early Arabic, S. Hopkins Islah al-Mantiq, Ibn al-Sikkit al-Bayan wa al-Tabyin, al-Jahiz al-Muqaddiaima, Ibn Khaldun al-Lahajat al-'Arabiyya al-Qadima fi al-Turath, al-Gindy fi al-Lahajat al-Arabiyya al-Qadima, a-Samurra'i Lahan al-Amma, Abd al-Aziz Matar al-Muzir, al-Suyuti Tabaqat al-Nahawiyyin wa al-Lughawiyyin, al-Zubaydi Jinayat Sibawayh, Zakariyya Uzun and articles on reserve.


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