Special Issues in Arabic Grammar

lglor2934  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Special Issues in Arabic Grammar
5.00 credits
15.0 h

  This learning unit is not being organized during year 2021-2022.

Two years of Classical or Modern Standard Arabic ; knowledge of Arabic dialectology. It is highly recommended to combine this course with LGLOR2721/2 : Middle Arabic, Mixed Arabic and Sociolinguistics of the Arab World.
Main themes
The target of this course is research on the grammar of Classical and spoken Arabic.
It addresses two categories of scholarly works:
 - comparative studies in which Classical Arabic and various dialects are compared (and sometimes other Semitic languages) with regard to a particular morphological or morpho-syntactic phenomenon (such as W. Fischer's study on the interrogative pronoun or J. Retsö's study on the finite passive voice of the verb);
- dialectological studies, both descriptive and historical (such as the works of W. Marçais, J. Grand'Henry and J. Lentin, and the language atlases by P. Behnstadt and M. Woidich).
After a general introduction by the co-ordinating lecturer, sessions will consist of group discussions on one or more studies within the field. Occasionally, visiting lecturers will share practical aspects of their current research with the students.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the course, the student should have acquired:
- thorough familiarity with the morphology and syntax of Classical Arabic and Arabic dialects;
- knowledge of the main scholarly works on Arabic grammar and linguistics;
- the communication skills required to actively contribute to a discussion on a highly technical subject pertaining to Arabic linguistics.
The subject of this course is research on the grammar of Classical and, most of all, spoken Arabic (Arabic dialectology), particularly pertaining to morphology and syntax. Sessions include group discussions on one or several relevant studies.
Teaching methods
This course comes in the format of occasional sessions sustained by the Moodle virtual teaching environment, and the own input of the students. Students are required to prepare an intervention based on the knowledge obtained in the introduction as well as on their own reading of published sources and studies.
Evaluation methods
Evaluation of an intervention, to be submitted in writing and to be presented orally and pertaining to a relevant subject, e.g., a corpus of texts or a specific linguistic phenomenon.
Other information
While French is the language of instruction, other contact languages (Arabic, English, German) may be used occasionally as well, in the case of contributions by visiting lecturers from abroad.
  • Portefeuille de lectures/textes
  • Textes imprimés, textes en photocopies, documents présentés sous forme numérique, support sonore.
  • Inscription obligatoire sur Moodle.
Teaching materials
  • Portefeuille de lectures/textes
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies