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Joyce Akesson has studied the Semitic languages at Lund's University, Sweden, and has previously been a lecturer there during many years. Beside the present book, she is the author of "The Basics & Intricacies of Arabic Morphology" (Pallas Athena 2010), "The Phonological Changes due to the Hamza and Weak Consonant in Arabic" (Pallas Athena 2010), "A Study of the Assimilation and Substitution in Arabic" (Pallas Athena 2010), "The Essentials of the Class of the Strong Verb in Arabic" (Pallas Athena 2010), "The Complexity of the Irregular Verbal Nominal Forms & the Phonological Changes in Arabic" (Pallas Athena Distribution 2009), "Arabic Morphology and Phonology: Based on the Marah Al-Arwah by Ahmad B. Ali B. Masud" (Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics, Brill Academic Publishers 2001) and "Ahmad B. 'Ali B. Mas'Ud on Arabic Morphology Marah Al-Arwah: Part 1:The Strong Verb" (Studia Orientalia Ludensia, Vol 4, Brill Academic Pub 1990). She has also published several articles about Arabic linguistics in two Journals, the Journal of Arabic Linguistics (the ZAL or Zeitschrift für Arabische Linguistik) Wiesbaden, and the previous Acta Orientalia, Denmark. She has also written a lemma about sarf "morphology/phonology in the Encyclopaedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, vol. 4. Leiden: Brill, 20.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A very poorly written book! 18 July 2011
By Islam Youssef - Published on Amazon.com
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A very poorly written listing of sound changes in the history of Old Arabic and in Quranic readings. It basically translates the traditional descriptions of the Arab grammarians in very poor English and confusing non-standard linguistic terminology. I'm shocked that a book of this quality can be published at all. Not recommended for anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring and comprehensive book! 27 Aug. 2012
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This is a book for those who have a certain knowledge about Arabic linguistics and grammar. It focuses on the intricate subject of Arabic phonology and takes up the changes that can affect a word. Examples are qawala that becomes qaala "he said" by change of the defective letter, the waw into an alif, and madada that becomes madda "he stretched" by assimilation of both the dals. The main topics treated in this work are those cited by the famous grammarian Ibn Jinni (d. 1002) which are: the assimilation, the changes due to the hamza and to the weak letter, the substitution, the elision, the addition and the transposition of vowels and letters. The references are to both Ancient and modern linguists and I found them to be very inspiring for further research in the field.

I can highly recommend this book.
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