to become the standard guide to the grammar of contemporary Arabic. karin c. ryding is Sultan Qaboos bin Said Professor of Arabic. A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic has 45 ratings and 4 reviews. Jonathan said: What makes Arabic hard? This question is one of the. A reference grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. By Karin C. Ryding. Cam- bridge: Cambridge University Press, Pp. xxv, ISBN $
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Keeping technical terminology to a minimum, this comprehensive handbook provides a detailed yet accessible overview of Arabic wherein its phonology, morphology and syntax can be readily accessed. Accompanied by extensive examples, it will prove an invaluable practical guide for supporting students’ textbooks, classroom referejce or self-study, and a useful resource for scholars Keeping technical terminology to a minimum, this comprehensive handbook modren a detailed yet accessible overview of Arabic wherein its phonology, morphology and syntax can be readily accessed.
Accompanied by extensive examples, it will prove an invaluable practical guide for supporting students’ textbooks, classroom work or self-study, and a useful resource for scholars and professionals.
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Aug 12, Jonathan Mckay rated it really liked it. What makes Arabic hard? This question is one of the fundamental and repeated queries of the Arabic student.
Since many grammar rules are never exposed in most verbal or written texts, it is possible for even advanced students of the c.rdying to maintain little more than an elementary proficiency i What makes Arabic hard?
Since many grammar rules are never exposed in most verbal or written texts, it is possible for even advanced students of the language to maintain little more than an elementary proficiency in syntax and grammar. I even remember one Saudi student in Spokane telling me it was easier for him to write papers in English oc it was for him to write them in Arabic. So, it became inevitable that I should read a grammar book other than the isolated although deftly composed lessons in the Al-Kitaab series.
Ryding, and I have not been disappointed. Perhaps contrary to the expectations of the author, I read the text straight through and was gratified to see it start from letters and continue on to words, with the most difficult part of verbs and conjugation coming at the end.
A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic
The mast surprising thin about this book was its accessibility. I read it all in about 4 days, and while it will certainly take me more time to memorize and internalize all the new concepts c.rydig words I feel like I have a vastly improved knowledge of Arabic grammar than before I read this book.
The most helpful tool for this is the fact that the majority of the pages is devoted to phrase-level and sentence level examples, from form XII verbs to rules governing the seat of Hamza within words. While the book covers all the rules a student would practically want to know, references to other works are made throughout to more gramnar analyses.
Finally the nearly complete lack of linguistic terminology was a significant boon to my comprehension. In the rare instances that a linguistic term English was used, it was always clearly explained before being used by the author. There were three drawbacks to the book, none of which were particularly troublesome. Referece Ryding has a troubling tendency to state when patterns can be used, not when they cannot. I still have no clear idea when I should use one over the other. Even explaining the use as idiomatic or that it is difficult to discern would have been more helpful.
Also, many rules are repeated through different section of the book, without the addition of any real new information.
Finally, the placement of Verbs at the end of the book and the organization of dividing based on pattern I-XV rather than verb type, such as hollow or weak, would have been extraordinarily confusing were I not already familiar with the rules via Al-Kitaab. As a reference book or grammar study guide, this book is far more useful than Al-Kitaab, Arabic Grammar by W. Wright, or any of the paperback sized books that cover the main rules but do akrin give the depth of analysis or the myriad of examples given by a serious reference work like this.
Oct 30, Alexandra rated it it was amazing. This book is really good.
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It is easy to use, was written by someone who knows English, and is really comprehensive. Jan 27, Lorin Kleinman rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This isn’t a book you’d want to read raabic through, but if you’re learning Gfammar and want to understand the grammar, it’s an extraordinarily useful resource, in which you can either get quick answers or read extremely long explanations that give all available information about a topic.
So it’s likely to be useful throughout someone’s Arabic studies.
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