A Reference Grammar of Syrian Arabic

Mark W. Cowell
Foreword by Ernest N. McCarus

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This important reissue, enhanced with free downloadable MP3 files to supplement the first chapter of the text (sounds), is another addition to Georgetown's world-renowned Arabic language-learning materials and is considered to be one of the most outstanding descriptions of any Arabic dialect written for the English-speaking world. It is comprehensive in its coverage—ranging from phonology (how sounds are organized and used) to morphology (sound, syllable, and word structure), with an analysis that is insightful and original. It contains hints on how to master nuances in dialectical pronunciation, as well as the differences of meaning in their various forms.

Based on the dialect of Damascus, the language covered here is part of what has variously been called "Syrian Arabic," "Eastern Arabic," and "Levantine Arabic," encompassing the dialects of Beirut, Amman, and Jerusalem—as well as Damascus—with references made to regional variants. In a world drawn ever closer to events in the Middle East, this comprehensive grammar reference is yet another extraordinary addition to the growing library of Arabic language-learning materials published by Georgetown University Press.

Accompanying MP3 files are available for download from the book’s webpage at

Table of Contents

Part I: Phonology

Chapter 1: Sounds
Sound Combinations
General Sound Changes

Introduction to Parts II and III

Chapter 2: Morphological Principles

Part IIA: Base Forms

Chapter 3: Verb Patterns
Chapter 4: Adjective Patterns
Chapter 5: Noun Patterns

Part IIB: Inflectional Forms

Chapter 6: Verb Inflection
Chapter 7: Adjective Inflection
Chapter 8: Noun Inflection

Part IIIA: Derivational Categories

Chapter 9: Verb Derivation
Chapter 10: Adjective Derivation
Chapter 11: Noun Derivation

Part IIIB: Inflectional Categories

Chapter 12: Tense
Chapter 13: Mode
Chapter 14: Person, Number, and Gender

Part IV: Syntax

Chapter 15: Syntactical Principles and Constructions
Chapter 16: Predication and Extraposition
Chapter 17: Complementation
Chapter 18: Annexion and Prepositions
Chapter 19: Attribution
Chapter 20: Supplementation
Chapter 21: Substitution





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616 pp., 6 x 9

Jun 2016

616 pp., 6 x 9

ISBN: 978-1-62616-365-2
Jun 2016

616 pp.

Jun 2016

Georgetown Classics in Arabic Languages and Linguistics series
Karin C. Ryding and Margarett Nydell

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