Modern Written Arabic – A Comprehensive Grammar
Author: Badawi El Said, Carter Michael, Gully Adrian
The book is aimed at four kinds of reader. The first is the student of Arabic at a relatively advanced level who is looking for a conveniently classified
repertoire of forms and constructions. It is not a pedagogical work in itself, but a supplement to a teaching grammar or language course: it can profitably be consulted, for example, for details of the actual use of subordinating conjunctions or the different patterns of negation, extending the token (and usually made-up) specimens in the textbooks.
The second type of reader is the specialist in Arabic linguistics, who needs data on which to base theories about Arabic, or to support or refute existing theories, such as the different interpretations of the copula, conditional syntax, and so on. Here a good knowledge of both Arabic and linguistics
Another category of Arabist reader is the historian of the language, who will find in this work a relatively narrow tranche of material reflecting the current state of the language in some detail. To give this aspect of the book more depth, there are cross-references to Cantarino’s Syntax of Modern
Arabic Prose (but see p. 4).
Finally, the work is designed to be accessible to general linguists with no knowledge of Arabic. For them, this book will provide the kind of information which would be relevant to comparative studies, for example, questions of word order, agreement, predication, tense and aspect, and so on.