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Using Arabic

Using Arabic
A Guide to Contemporary Usage


  • Author: Mahdi Alosh, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521648325

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  • Using Arabic is a guide to Arabic usage for students who have already acquired the basics of the language and wish to extend their knowledge. Focusing mainly on Modern Standard Arabic, it is divided into three clear sections on varieties of Arabic, grammar, and vocabulary. 'Varieties of Arabic' describes the linguistic situation in the Arab world, showing students variations in register through the use of authentic texts. The vocabulary section is designed not only to expand students' knowledge of Arabic words, but also to show them which words are most current, and which are appropriate to different registers. The final chapter provides an overview of Arabic grammar, giving many modern-day examples, and highlighting common errors. Clear, readable and easy to consult, Using Arabic will prove an invaluable reference for students seeking to improve their fluency and confidence in Arabic.

    • Defines aspects of the Arabic language clearly and functionally
    • Provides examples of 'real' Arabic from the media
    • Gives a concise yet adequate overview of Arabic grammar, and expands students' vocabulary
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521648325
    • length: 358 pages
    • dimensions: 239 x 169 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Varieties of Arabic:
    1. What is Arabic?
    2. Arabic diglossia
    3. Diglossia versus bilingualism
    4. Register
    5. Representative texts
    Part II. Vocabulary:
    6. Vocabulary study
    7. Word information
    8. Conceptual organization of words
    9. Semantic processing of words
    Part III. Grammar:
    10. What is grammar?
    11. An outline of Arabic grammar
    12. Grammatical categories
    13. The nominal sentence
    14. The verbal sentence
    15. Prepositions
    16. Negation
    17. Demonstratives
    18. Relative pronouns
    19. Interrogatives
    20. Conditionals
    21. Transition words
    22. Numbers
    23. Partitives
    24. Nominal forms with a verbal force
    25. The diminutive
    26. The vocative
    27. Relative adjectives
    28. Words of emphasis
    29. The permutative
    30. Conjunctions
    31. Exception
    32. The construct
    33. Comparative/superlative adjectives
    34. Defective nouns
    35. Common errors.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Distinguished level Arabic course
    • introduction to Arabic ll
  • Author

    Mahdi Alosh, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
    Mahdi Alosh is Associate Professor of Arabic in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Ohio State University.

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