Linguists working in the field of Arabic dialects and the history of Arabic.
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Martine Haak, Ph.D. (1996) in General Linguistics, University of Amsterdam, has published on the application of the Theory of Functional Grammar to the verbal system and conditional expressions in Arabic, including The Verb in Literary and Colloquial Arabic (Mouton de Gruyter, 1997).
Rudolf de Jong, Ph.D. (1999), University of Amsterdam, is independent researcher of Arabic dialects. He has published on several Arabic dialects, including A Grammar of the Bedouin Dialects of the Northern Sinai Littoral. Bridging the linguistic gap between the eastern and western Arab world, (Brill, 2000)
Kees Versteegh, Ph.D. (1977) is professor of Arabic and Islam at the University of Nijmegen. He has published on the history of Arabic and the Arabic linguistic tradition, including The Arabic Language (Edinburgh, 1997)
This volume brings together 22 contributions to the study of Arabic dialects, from the Maghreb to Iraq by authors, who are all well-known for their work in this field. It underscores the importance of different theoretical approaches to the study of dialects, developing new frameworks for the study of variation and change in the dialects, while presenting new data on dialects (e.g., of Jaffa, Southern Sinai, Nigeria, South Morocco and Mosul) and cross-dialectal comparisons (e.g., on the feminine gender and on relative clauses). This collection is presented to Manfred Woidich, one of the most eminent scholars in the field of Arabic dialectology.
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