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In most MSA accents, emphatic coloring of vowels is limited to vowels immediately adjacent to a triggering consonant, although in some it spreads a bit farther: Generally this corresponds with the pronunciation in the colloquial dialects. In fact, it also exists in a few other minority Semitic languages, e. This simultaneous articulation is described as "Retracted Tongue Root" by phonologists. Vowels and consonants can be phonologically short or long. Long geminate consonants are normally written doubled in Latin transcription i. In actual pronunciation, doubled consonants are held twice as long as short consonants.
This consonant lengthening is phonemically contrastive: Arabic has two kinds of syllables: The syllable types with two morae units of time , i. Superheavy syllables in Classical Arabic occur in only two places: There are no cases of hiatus within a word where two vowels occur next to each other, without an intervening consonant.
When actually pronounced, one of three things happens:. Word stress is not phonemically contrastive in Standard Arabic. It bears a strong relationship to vowel length. The basic rules for Modern Standard Arabic are:. Doubled consonants count as two consonants: These rules may result in differently stressed syllables when final case endings are pronounced, vs.
Some dialects have different stress rules. This also affects the way that Modern Standard Arabic is pronounced in Egypt. In the Arabic of Sanaa , stress is often retracted: In this dialect, only syllables with long vowels or diphthongs are considered heavy; in a two-syllable word, the final syllable can be stressed only if the preceding syllable is light; and in longer words, the final syllable cannot be stressed.
The final short vowels e. The following levels of pronunciation exist:. This is the most formal level actually used in speech. All endings are pronounced as written, except at the end of an utterance, where the following changes occur:. This is a formal level of pronunciation sometimes seen.
It is somewhat like pronouncing all words as if they were in pausal position with influence from the colloquial varieties. The following changes occur:. This is the pronunciation used by speakers of Modern Standard Arabic in extemporaneous speech, i. It is similar to formal short pronunciation except that the rules for dropping final vowels apply even when a clitic suffix is added. Basically, short-vowel case and mood endings are never pronounced and certain other changes occur that echo the corresponding colloquial pronunciations. The extent of emphasis spreading varies. For example, in Moroccan Arabic, it spreads as far as the first full vowel i.
In some dialects, there may be more or fewer phonemes than those listed in the chart above. For example, non-Arabic [ v ] is used in the Maghrebi dialects as well in the written language mostly for foreign names. Semitic [ p ] became [f] extremely early on in Arabic before it was written down; a few modern Arabic dialects, such as Iraqi influenced by Persian and Kurdish distinguish between [ p ] and [ b ].
Pharyngealization of the emphatic consonants tends to weaken in many of the spoken varieties, and to spread from emphatic consonants to nearby sounds. As a result, it may difficult or impossible to determine whether a given coronal consonant is phonemically emphatic or not, especially in dialects with long-distance emphasis spreading. As in other Semitic languages, Arabic has a complex and unusual morphology i. Arabic has a nonconcatenative "root-and-pattern" morphology: A root consists of a set of bare consonants usually three , which are fitted into a discontinuous pattern to form words.
For example, the word for 'I wrote' is constructed by combining the root k-t-b 'write' with the pattern -a-a-tu 'I Xed' to form katabtu 'I wrote'. Other verbs meaning 'I Xed' will typically have the same pattern but with different consonants, e. From a single root k-t-b , numerous words can be formed by applying different patterns:. Nouns in Literary Arabic have three grammatical cases nominative , accusative , and genitive [also used when the noun is governed by a preposition] ; three numbers singular, dual and plural ; two genders masculine and feminine ; and three "states" indefinite, definite, and construct.
Plural is indicated either through endings the sound plural or internal modification the broken plural. Adjectives in Literary Arabic are marked for case, number, gender and state, as for nouns. Pronouns in Literary Arabic are marked for person, number and gender.
There are two varieties, independent pronouns and enclitics. Enclitic pronouns are attached to the end of a verb, noun or preposition and indicate verbal and prepositional objects or possession of nouns. Nouns, verbs, pronouns and adjectives agree with each other in all respects. However, non-human plural nouns are grammatically considered to be feminine singular. Furthermore, a verb in a verb-initial sentence is marked as singular regardless of its semantic number when the subject of the verb is explicitly mentioned as a noun. Numerals between three and ten show "chiasmic" agreement, in that grammatically masculine numerals have feminine marking and vice versa.
Verbs in Literary Arabic are marked for person first, second, or third , gender, and number. They are conjugated in two major paradigms past and non-past ; two voices active and passive ; and six moods indicative , imperative , subjunctive , jussive , shorter energetic and longer energetic , the fifth and sixth moods, the energetics, exist only in Classical Arabic but not in MSA. The past and non-past paradigms are sometimes also termed perfective and imperfective , indicating the fact that they actually represent a combination of tense and aspect.
The moods other than the indicative occur only in the non-past, and the future tense is signaled by prefixing sa- or sawfa onto the non-past. The past and non-past differ in the form of the stem e. In the past, the person, number and gender are fused into a single suffixal morpheme, while in the non-past, a combination of prefixes primarily encoding person and suffixes primarily encoding gender and number are used.
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The following shows a paradigm of a regular Arabic verb, kataba 'to write'. Note that in Modern Standard, the energetic mood in either long or short form, which have the same meaning is almost never used. Like other Semitic languages , and unlike most other languages, Arabic makes much more use of nonconcatenative morphology applying a large number of templates applied roots to derive words than adding prefixes or suffixes to words.
For verbs, a given root can occur in many different derived verb stems of which there are about fifteen , each with one or more characteristic meanings and each with its own templates for the past and non-past stems, active and passive participles, and verbal noun. These stems encode grammatical functions such as the causative , intensive and reflexive. Stems sharing the same root consonants represent separate verbs, albeit often semantically related, and each is the basis for its own conjugational paradigm.
As a result, these derived stems are part of the system of derivational morphology , not part of the inflectional system. Form II is sometimes used to create transitive denominative verbs verbs built from nouns ; Form V is the equivalent used for intransitive denominatives. The associated participles and verbal nouns of a verb are the primary means of forming new lexical nouns in Arabic.
This is similar to the process by which, for example, the English gerund "meeting" similar to a verbal noun has turned into a noun referring to a particular type of social, often work-related event where people gather together to have a "discussion" another lexicalized verbal noun. Another fairly common means of forming nouns is through one of a limited number of patterns that can be applied directly to roots, such as the "nouns of location" in ma- e. The spoken dialects have lost the case distinctions and make only limited use of the dual it occurs only on nouns and its use is no longer required in all circumstances.
They have also mostly lost the indefinite "nunation" and the internal passive. The Arabic alphabet derives from the Aramaic through Nabatean , to which it bears a loose resemblance like that of Coptic or Cyrillic scripts to Greek script. However, the old Maghrebi variant has been abandoned except for calligraphic purposes in the Maghreb itself, and remains in use mainly in the Quranic schools zaouias of West Africa. Arabic, like all other Semitic languages except for the Latin-written Maltese, and the languages with the Ge'ez script , is written from right to left.
After Khalil ibn Ahmad al Farahidi finally fixed the Arabic script around , many styles were developed, both for the writing down of the Quran and other books, and for inscriptions on monuments as decoration. Arabic calligraphy has not fallen out of use as calligraphy has in the Western world, and is still considered by Arabs as a major art form; calligraphers are held in great esteem. Being cursive by nature, unlike the Latin script, Arabic script is used to write down a verse of the Quran, a hadith , or simply a proverb. The composition is often abstract, but sometimes the writing is shaped into an actual form such as that of an animal.
One of the current masters of the genre is Hassan Massoudy. In modern times the intrinsically calligraphic nature of the written Arabic form is haunted by the thought that a typographic approach to the language, necessary for digitized unification, will not always accurately maintain meanings conveyed through calligraphy.
There are a number of different standards for the romanization of Arabic , i. There are various conflicting motivations involved, which leads to multiple systems. Some are interested in transliteration , i. These are usually simpler to read, but sacrifice the definiteness of the scientific systems, and may lead to ambiguities, e. During the last few decades and especially since the s, Western-invented text communication technologies have become prevalent in the Arab world, such as personal computers , the World Wide Web , email , bulletin board systems , IRC , instant messaging and mobile phone text messaging.
Most of these technologies originally had the ability to communicate using the Latin script only, and some of them still do not have the Arabic script as an optional feature. As a result, Arabic speaking users communicated in these technologies by transliterating the Arabic text using the Latin script, sometimes known as IM Arabic. To handle those Arabic letters that cannot be accurately represented using the Latin script, numerals and other characters were appropriated. There is no universal name for this type of transliteration, but some have named it Arabic Chat Alphabet.
Other systems of transliteration exist, such as using dots or capitalization to represent the "emphatic" counterparts of certain consonants. In most of present-day North Africa, the Western Arabic numerals 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 are used. When representing a number in Arabic, the lowest-valued position is placed on the right, so the order of positions is the same as in left-to-right scripts.
Sequences of digits such as telephone numbers are read from left to right, but numbers are spoken in the traditional Arabic fashion, with units and tens reversed from the modern English usage. For example, 24 is said "four and twenty" just like in the German language vierundzwanzig and Classical Hebrew , and is said "a thousand and nine-hundred and five and seventy" or, more eloquently, "a thousand and nine-hundred five seventy".
Academy of the Arabic Language is the name of a number of language-regulation bodies formed in the Arab League. The most active are in Damascus and Cairo. They review language development, monitor new words and approve inclusion of new words into their published standard dictionaries. They also publish old and historical Arabic manuscripts. Arabic has been taught worldwide in many elementary and secondary schools, especially Muslim schools. Universities around the world have classes that teach Arabic as part of their foreign languages , Middle Eastern studies , and religious studies courses.
Arabic language schools exist to assist students to learn Arabic outside the academic world. There are many Arabic language schools in the Arab world and other Muslim countries. Because the Quran is written in Arabic and all Islamic terms are in Arabic, millions [ citation needed ] of Muslims both Arab and non-Arab study the language. Software and books with tapes are also important part of Arabic learning, as many of Arabic learners may live in places where there are no academic or Arabic language school classes available. Radio series of Arabic language classes are also provided from some radio stations.
With the sole example of Medieval linguist Abu Hayyan al-Gharnati — who, while a scholar of the Arabic language, was not ethnically Arab — scholars of the Arabic language made no efforts at studying comparative linguistics, considering all other languages inferior. In modern times, the educated upper classes in the Arab world have taken a nearly opposite view. Yasir Suleiman wrote in that "studying and knowing English or French in most of the Middle East and North Africa have become a badge of sophistication and modernity and From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This is the latest accepted revision , reviewed on 18 January This article is about the general language. For modern vernaculars, see varieties of Arabic. For the literary standard, see Modern Standard Arabic. For the historical language family, see Classification of Arabic languages. Dispersion of native Arabic speakers as the majority dark green or minority light green population. Classification of Arabic languages.
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