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  • 1. ARABIC
    مصطفي گكجن
  • 2. The Outline
    • Introduction to Arabic
    • 3. The History
    • 4. The Alphabet
    • 5. Grammatical sketch
    • 6. Arab World
    • 7. Sample text (Surat-ul Fatiha)
    • 8. Recitation of the first page of Surat-ul Yâsîn
  • Introduction to Arabic
    • Arabic is a Semitic language akin to Hebrew, Aramaic, and Amharic.
    • 9. It possesses a richliterary heritage dating back to the pre-Islamic era
  • 10. Introduction to Arabic
    • During the rise andexpansion of the Islamic empire (seventh to twelfth centuries), It became theofficial administrative language of the empire as well as a leading language ofinternational scholarly and scientific communication.
  • Introduction to Arabic
    • It is today the nativelanguage of over 280 million people in twenty fivedifferent countries as well as theliturgical language for over a billion Muslims throughout the world.
    • 11. 280 million native speakers
    • 12. 250 million as second language
    • 13. Total : over 530 millionEthnologue(1999)
    • The earliest stages of the Arabic language (Proto-Arabic or Old Arabic) are documented from about the seventh century BC until approximately the third century AD
    • 14. The only written evidence is in the form of epigraphic material (brief rock inscriptions and graffiti) found in northwest and central Arabia.
    • Early Arabic
    • 15. The next period, the third through fifth centuries, is usually referred to as Early Arabic
    • 16. There are again few literary artifacts from this age, but it is known that there was extensive commercial and cultural interaction with Christian and Jewish cultures during this time, an era of both Roman and Byzantine rule in the Levant and the Fertile Crescent.
    Classical Arabic
    • The start of the literary or Classical Arabic era is usually calculated from the sixth century, which saw a vigorous flourishing of the Arabic literary (or poetic) language, especially in public recitation
    andoralcomposition of
    poetry, a refinedand highly
    developed formal oral
    art practiced by all Arab
    tribal groups and held
    in the highest esteem.
    • The great majority of the people of the Arabian Peninsula at that time were illetirate. Due to this, rather than in writing, they preserved the sources of their pride, historical events and stories encouraging good morality, by means of poetry and eloquence.
    • 18. Due to the attraction of poetry and elouqence, meaningful sayings would remain in people`s memories and be passed down the generations.In consequence of this innate need, therefore, the goods most in demand in the immaterial market of that people were eloquence and fine speech.
    • A tribe`s poet or orator was like its greatest national hero. It was he who was their greatest source of pride. They attached such value to eloquence that two tribes would do battle at the word of a poet or orator, and they would make peace at his word.
    • 19. They even wrote in gold on the walls of the Ka`ba the seven qasidas of seven poets called the al-Mu’allaqat al-Sab’a, and took great pride in them.
    • It was at such a time when eloquence was thus most sought after that the Qur’an was revealed. Just as the time of Moses (peace be upon him) it was magic that was most sought after and at the time of Jesus (peace be upon him), it was medicine.
    • 20. The most important of their miracles were in those fields.
    • In the seventh century AD the Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) was gifted over a period of years (622-632 AD) with the revelation of verses which constituted a holy book,the Qur'an, in Arabic, which became the key text of the new monotheistic religion,Islam.
    • 21. From that time on, Arabic was not only a languageof great poetic power and sophistication, but also permanently sacralized; as thechosen language for the Qur'an, it became the object of centuries of religiousstudy and exegesis, theological analysis, and grammatical analysis.
    • Throughout the European medieval period, from the seventh through the twelfthcenturies, the Arabic-speaking world and the Islamic empire expanded andflourished, centered first in Mecca and Medina, then Damascus, and then Baghdad.
    • Arabic became an international language of civilization, culture, scientificwriting and research, diplomacy, and administration. From the Iberianpeninsulain the West to Central and South Asia in the East stretched the world of Islam, andthe influence of Arabic.
    • Middle Arabic
    • 22. The language era from the thirteenth century to the eighteenth is generallyknown as “Middle Arabic,” although there is some ambiguity to this term. Duringthis time, the Classical Arabic of early Islam remained the literary language, but thespoken Arabic of everyday life shifted into regional variations.
    • 23. They continuedto evolve along their own lively and supple paths, calibrating to the changes of everydaylife over thecenturies, but never reaching the status of separate languages.
    • The Modern Period
    • 24. The modern period of Arabic dates approximately from the end of the eighteenthcentury, with the spread of literacy, theconcept of universal education, the inceptionof journalism, and exposure to Western writing practices and styles such aseditorials, short stories, plays, and novels.
    • 25. Many linguists make a distinctionbetween Classical Arabic (CA), the name of the literary language of the previouseras, and the modern form of literary Arabic, commonly known (in English)asModern Standard Arabic ( MSA).
    • Differences between CA and MSA are primarily instyle and vocabulary, since they represent the written traditions of verydifferenthistorical and cultural eras, from the early medieval period to the modern.
    • 26. Interms of linguistic structure, CA and MSA are largely but not completely similar.
    • 27. The high degree of similarity between CA and MSAgives strong continuity to the literary and Islamic liturgical tradition.
    • Arabic today
    • 28. The Arab world today is characterized by a high degree of linguistic and culturalcontinuity. Arabic is the official language of all the members of the Arab League,from North Africa to the Arabian Gulf.
    • 29. Although geography (including great distancesand land barriers such as deserts and mountains) accounts formuch of thediversity of regional vernaculars, a shared history, cultural background and religion act to unify Arab society and give it a profound sense ofcohesion and identity.
  • Arabic script
    • Four features of Arabic script aredistinctive:
    • 30. First, it is written from right to left;
    • 31. Second, letters within words areconnected in cursive style rather than printed individually;
    • 32. Third, short vowelsare normally invisible;
    • 33. And finally, there is no distinction between uppercase andlowercase letters. These features can combine to make Arabicscript seem impenetrableto a foreigner at first.
  • Arabic script
    • However, there are also some features of Arabicscript that facilitate learning it.
    • 34. First of all, it is reasonably phonetic; that is, thereis a good fit between the way words are spelled and the way they are pronounced.
    • 35. And secondly, word structure and spelling are very systematic
  • The Alphabet
    • There are twenty-eight Arabic consonant sounds, twenty-six of which are consistentlyconsonants, but two of which ( وand يaresemivowels that servetwo functions, sometimes asconsonants and other times as vowels, depending oncontext.
    • 36. The Modern Standard Arabic sound system has six vowel phonemes: three “long”ones and three “short”: / ii/ and /i/, /uu/ and /u/, /aa/ and /a/.
  • The Alphabet
  • 37. The Alphabet
    • Long vowels arerepresented in the Arabic alphabet by the letters ( alif (aa), waw (uu) and yaa ).They are written into words as part of the words’ spelling.
    • 38. Short vowels, on theother hand, are not independent letters and are written only asdiacritical marksabove and below the body of the word. Inactual practice, short vowels are notindicated in written Arabictext; they are invisible.
  • The Alphabet
    أَلْأَقَارِبُ فِي أَلْمَانْيَا.
    The relatives (are) in Germany.
    أَلْقَلَمُ طَوِيلٌ.
    The pen (is) long.
    هُوَ مَشْغُولٌ. نَعَمْ
    Yes, he (is) busy.
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  • 67. Definiteness and indefiniteness markers
    • Definite article al-ال
    • 68. The definite article in Arabic is spelled with alif-laam and is attached as a prefix.
  • The Cases
    • The basic functions of the three noun cases are as follows:
    • 69. The nominative case is used for the subject and predicate nounoradjective.
    • 70. The accusative case is used for the direct object, predicativecomplement in verbal sentences, and for most adverbs.
    • 71. The genitive case is used for expressing possession and after prepositions.
  • Definiteness and indefiniteness markers
    • The definite article ... أَلْ al... is used more frequently in Arabic than in English. One of the reasons for this is that nouns referring to abstract things, whole collectives and generic terms, generally take the definite article, e.g.
  • Sun and moon letters
    • The Arabic consonants are phonetically divided into two major classescalled:
    • 72. sun letters, حُرُوفٌ شَمْسِيَّةٌ assimilating
    • 73. moon letters, حُرُوفٌ قَمَرِيَّةٌ non-assimilating
  • Sun letters
    • The sun letters have received their name from the Arabicword for‘sun’, شَمْسٌ , whose first letter, ... ش//, belongs to the classof assimilating letters.There are fourteen sun letters. These letters are pronounced with thetongue touching the teeth or front part of the mouth:
    ص ض ط ظ ل ن ت ث د ذ ر ز س ش
  • 74. Sun letters
    • When the definite article ... أَلْ /al.../ is attached to a wordwhich begins with a sun letter, the sound ... ل /l/ of the definite article isassimilated to the sound of the following sun letter. Owing to the assimilation, the first consonantof the word is doubled, which is indicated by a şaddah above it.
  • Moon letters
    • The other fourteen letters are called moon letters, because the first letter,ق, of the Arabic word for ‘moon’, قَمَرٌ, represents theclass of non-assimilating letters:
    أ ب ج ح خ ع غ ف ق ك م ه و ي
  • 75. Moon letters
    • When the definite article ... أَلْ // is attached to a wordbeginning with a moon letter, the lam ... ل /l.../ of thearticle is notassimilated and retains its pronunciation, e.g.
    قَمَرٌ a moon أَلْقَمَرُ the moon
    كِتَابٌ a book أَلْكِتَابُ the book
  • 76. Adjectives
    • An adjective normally follows the noun it qualifies and agrees with it ingender, number and case, except when the noun refers to non-humans,i.e. animals and things.
    • 77. When the adjective functions as predicate in a nominal sentence (predicative construction), it is always indefinite, even when the subject is definite:
    أَلْمَتْحَفُ جَمِيلٌThe museum (is) beautiful/nice.
    ألْبَيْتُ وَاسِعٌThe house (is) large.
  • 78. Adjectives
    • When the adjective functions as a modifier of a noun (attributiveconstruction), it also agrees with the head noun in terms of definiteness.
    لْوَاسِعُأَلْبَيْتthe large house
    بَيْتٌ وَاسِعٌa large house OR A house is large
  • 79. Nominal and verbal sentences
    • A nominal sentence does not contain a verb and consists of twocomponents: subject and predicate. The subject is usually a noun(phrase) or pronoun in the nominative case. The predicate may be anoun (phrase), pronoun, an indefinite adjective, or an adverb of place ortime.
  • Nominal and verbal sentences
    • A nominal sentence refers to the present tense and does not require the copula to be, e.g.
  • Nominal and verbal sentences
    • A verbal sentence contains a verb, and has the following basic wordorder:
    • 80. verb + subject + object or complement
    • 81. The subject is normally in the nominative case. The direct object,whichmay occur only with transitive verbs, is in the accusative case
    • 82. خَرَجَ طَالِبٌ A student went out. أَكَلَ كَلْبٌ خُبْزًا A dog ate bread.
  • NOUNS - Gender
    • There are two genders in Arabic. The term used for genderis أَلْجِنْسُ, which literally means ‘sex, race, kind’.
    • 83. (a) Masculine nouns, أَلْمُذَكَّرُare without specialform.
    • 84. (b) Feminine nouns, أَلْمُؤَنَّثُhave several forms
  • NOUNS - Gender
    • Tâ marbûtah
    • 85. When the letter hâ هis written with two dots above ةit is pronounced as /t/, exactly like the letter ت.It is then called tâ
    marbûtah and occurs only at the end of a word, mostly to indicate the
    feminine gender of nouns or adjectives.
    The most common way to derive feminine nouns and adjectives is by
    adding the ending .َ ةٌ to the masculine form, e.g.
  • 86. NOUNS - Gender
  • 87. NOUNS - Gender
    • Most parts or organs of the body which occur in pairs are feminine
    • There are words which are feminine by nature, e.g.
    • A few nouns are feminine by usage, e.g.
  • 88. Number - Dual and plural
    • Arabic nouns and adjectives are inflected for three numbers:
    singular مُفْرَدٌdual مُثَنًّىplural جَمْعٌ
    • The dual is used for pairs, namely for two individuals or things of the same kind or class, e.g. two boys, two girls, two hands, two books, etc.
    • 89. انِfor nominative
    • 90. يْنِfor accusative and genitive
  • Number - Dual and plural
  • 91. The plural
    • There are two plural types in Arabic:
    • 92. (a) The sound pluralmay be compared to the Englishexternal plural or regular plural.
    • 93. (b) The broken plural may be compared to the Englishinternal or irregular plural.
  • The plural
    • The sound masculine plural of nounsand adjectives is formed by replacing the case endings of the singularwith the following two suffixes:
    • 94. ونَ .ُ.in the nominative
    • 95. ينَ .in the accusative and genitive
    • 96. Sing. (masc.) Plur. nom. (masc.) Plur. acc. and gen. (masc.)
  • 97. The plural
    • The sound feminine plural is formed byadding the following two suffixes to the singular word stem:
    • 98. اتٌ .َ./ in the nominative
    • 99. اتٍ .َ. / in the accusative and genitive
    • There are two main tenses in the Arabic language. 1.Perfect Tense, 2.Imperfect Tense or the Present Tense. The action is completed in the perfect tense. Alternately, in the second tense, i.e., the imperfect, the action is still continuing.
    • 100. To form future tense in Arabictheprefix (سـَـ) ”" is addedtothepresent tense verb, or (سوف) ”".
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  • 103. Numbers
    ١١11إحدى عشر
    ١٢12إثنا عشر
    ١٣13ثلاثة عشر
  • 104. الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَبِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
    Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds,
    مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِالرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
    TheBeneficent, theMerciful.
    Master of the Day of Judgment,
    إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ
    Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help.
  • 105. اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ
    Show us the straight path,
    صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ
    The path of those whom Youhadfavoured
    غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ
    Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.
  • 106. TheArabWorld
    • It consists of 25 countries and territories with a combined population of 358 million people.
    • 107. The Arabic language forms the unifying feature of the Arab World. Though different areas use local varieties of Arabic, all share in the use of the standardized classical language, which was constructed from Classical Arabic
  • TheArabWorld
    • The majority of people in the Arab World adhere to Islam and the religion has official status in most countries.
    • 108. There are sizeable numbers of Christians, living primarily in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and Sudan. Formerly, there were significant minorities of Arab Jews throughout the Arab World.
  • PicturesfromArabicspeakingcountries
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  • 119. Resources
    • Books
    • 120. Arabic – Verbsand Essentials of Grammar / Jane Wightwick, Mahmud Gaafar
    • 121. Arabic: An EssentialGrammar / Faruk Abu-Chacra
    • 122. EasyArabicGrammar / Jane Wightwick, Mahmud Gaafar
    • 123. A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic / KARIN C. RYDING
    • 124. Websites
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