Fundamentals of Arabic Grammar
Routledge – 2014 – 488 pages
Fundamentals of Arabic Grammar provides an authoritative guide to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) grammar. It has been organised to promote a thorough understanding of MSA grammar and presents its complexities in a cohesive and user-friendly format, filling many gaps left by other textbooks. Explanations are clear, full and accessible and extensive cross-referencing, two generous indices and six appendices provide users with easy access to the information they require. No prior knowledge of linguistic terminology is required.
Fundamentals of Arabic Grammar has been field tested over a number of years and has been written by a highly experienced teacher of Arabic. It will be an essential resource for students and teachers of Arabic at all university levels and is suitable for use both as a companion reference text in Arabic language courses and as a standalone text in independent grammar classes.
"This is a well thought out, well laid out, and well executed comprehensive grammar of Modern Standard Arabic…a polished pedagogical reference tool. The fluidity of writing, the breadth of coverage and the accessibility and clarity of presentation are impressive; Sawaie shows a keen familiarity with student needs, a talent for explaining Arabic grammatical concepts in English and an encyclopaedic knowledge of modern Arabic grammar. It is appropriate for all levels, providing a clear explanation of grammatical concepts accessible enough for beginning students but sophisticated enough for students at the advanced levels." David Wilmsen, American University of Beirut
"An excellent grammar reference for both teachers and learners of Arabic. The material is clearly presented with strong explanations, yet elegantly concise. This is a much needed book." Zeinab A. Taha, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
"This is a welcome resource. Professor Sawaie offers accessible explanations of Arabic grammar clearly resultant of his years of classroom teaching…the Arabic examples are so well selected that they can be used in teaching classes of any skill level. The ample charts throughout the book, as well as its appendices, add a comprehensive quality to the book, by which a learner can expand their knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. This book accomplishes something unique, by presenting the essential elements of Modern Standard Arabic both lucidly, and in its totality." Benjamin L Smith, Swarthmore College, USA
Preface. Chapter One: The Verb System in Arabic. Chapter Two: Nouns. Chapter Three: The Case System in Arabic. Chapter Four: Adjectives. Chapter Five: Pronouns. Chapter Six: Prepositions and Adverbs functioning as prepositions. Chapter Seven: Adverbs. Chapter Eight: IDhaafa. Chapter Nine: The Equational Sentence. Chapter Ten: Kaana and its Sisters. Chapter Eleven: Verbal Sentences - Past Tense. Chapter Twelve: Present Tense Indicative. Chapter Thirteen: Present Tense Subjunctive . Chapter Fourteen: The Future Tense. Chapter Fifteen: Jussive Verbs. Chapter Sixteen: Passive Voice. Chapter Seventeen: Imperative Verbs. Chapter Eighteen: Past Continuous Tense. Chapter Nineteen: Past Perfect Tense. Chapter Twenty: Conditionals. Chapter Twenty-One: ‘Inna and Its Sisters. Chapter Twenty-Two: Relative Pronouns. Chapter Twenty-Three: Agentive Nouns-- Ism Faa’il. Chapter Twenty-Four: Passive Participles -- Ism Maf’uul. Chapter Twenty-Five: Verbal Nouns - maSdars. Chapter Twenty-Six: Diminutive Nouns. Chapter Twenty-Seven: Comparative Adjectives. Chapter Twenty-Eight: Plural Nouns. Chapter Twenty-Nine: Indeclinable Nouns/Diptotes. Chapter Thirty: Numbers. Chapter Thirty-One: Quantifiers. Chapter Thirty-Two: Haal Clause -- (Accusative of Circumstance). Chapter Thirty-Three: Tamyiiz -- (Accusative of Specification). Chapter Thirty-Four: Exceptions. Chapter Thirty-Five: Vocative. Chapter Thirty-Six: Exclamation. Chapter Thirty-Seven: Apposition. Chapter Thirty-Eight: Emphasis. Appendixes: Appendix A: Hollow Verbs Appendix B: Defective Verbs Appendix C: Doubled Verbs Appendix D: Form III Verbs Appendix E: Form IV Verbs Appendix F: Verbs and Phrases with ‘anna Bibliography Index I: English Grammatical Terms Index II: Arabic Grammatical Terms
Mohammed Sawaie is Professor of Arabic in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia, USA.