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The foundations of Arab linguistics 2
Kitāb Sībawayhi: transmission & interpretation

13th & 14th September, 2012

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (University of Cambridge)

Keynote speakers: Professor Kees Versteegh and Professor M.G. Carter

Conference Abstract

Encouraged by the great success of the first Foundations of Arabic Linguistics Conference (FAL1), the organiser is pleased to announce the Second Conference on the Foundations of Arabic Linguistics (FAL2). The conference will focus on the reception, transmission and interpretation of Kitab Sibawayhi past and present.

The conference is interdisciplinary. It intends to bring together Arabists, specialists in linguistics and research students to engage in a dialogue with the aim of creating a framework to promote scholarship and provide a forum for the discussion of the influence exercised by the Kitāb on shaping the entire tradition of Arab linguistics as well as defining the way linguistic traditions in contact perceived and approached language and communication.

The sessions will deal with the Kitāb’s legacy and its fundamental role in defining the Arab grammatical tradition. Papers highlighting any analytical or linguistic aspect of the Kitāb, its šurūḥ (commentaries) or any related works by both traditional Arab grammarians and Arabists are welcome. There will be a session on Sibawayh’s contribution to the formation of other linguistic traditions in contact, mainly Persian and Jewish.

Participants will suggest papers which study and analyse traditions, approaches or frameworks, either formal or functional, and explore new avenues for research in the field.

To register please complete and submit the online registration form and email or post with payment of the appropriate conference fee to the address provided on the form. Registration will be confirmed upon receiving the fee. Please make sure you are eligible to enter the UK before registering.

The draft program of the Conference will be available a month before the Conference.

Please address all enquiries to:

Dr Amal Marogy
Department of Middle Eastern Studies
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge, CB3 9DA