This is an account of the phonology and morphology of modern spoken Arabic, the first to be published in any language and based largely on the author's research. Dr. Watson's approach is theoretically innovative and aware, but accessible to Arabic language specialists outside linguistics. Broad in coverage, this is an important and pioneering book.
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Janet C. E. Watson has held lectureships in Arabic at the universities of Edinburgh, Durham and Salford, and has also taught at the University of Manchester. She travels regularly to the Middle East and has spent extended periods of time in Yemen and Egypt. A fluent speaker of Yemeni Arabic, her recent research work has concentrated on the phonology of Arabic. Her previous book publications include A Syntax of San'ani Arabic (1993), Sbahtu! A Course in San'ani Arabic (1996) and Wasf San'a: Texts in San'ani Arabic (2000).
"An important monograph, a step forward in the phonology account of Modern Arabic. Those who read this work will be highly rewarded, whether they are interested in general phonology or whether they search for particular descriptions of Arabic varieties."--Journal of Semitic Studies
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