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By Ahmad Al-Jallad

ISBN-10: 9004289291

ISBN-13: 9789004289291

ISBN-10: 9004289828

ISBN-13: 9789004289826

This quantity encompasses a particular grammatical description of the dialects of outdated Arabic attested within the Safaitic script, an old North Arabian alphabet used regularly within the deserts of southern Syria and north-eastern Jordan within the pre-Islamic interval. it's the first entire grammar of any historic North Arabian corpus, making it an enormous contribution to the fields of Arabic and Semitic reports. the amount covers issues in script and orthography, phonology, morphology, and syntax, and comprises an appendix of over 500 inscriptions and an annotated dictionary. The grammar relies on a corpus of 33,000 Safaitic inscriptions.

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1) (2) q The glyph is composed of an oval or circle with an intersecting vertical line. The line is (1) sometimes drawn through the circle, and other times (2) stopped at one end and resumed on the other. (1) (2) r The r has two forms: (1) the first is very similar to half-circle b, often with a more angled shape; (2) this form can sometimes exhibit one or two hooks extending from the ends of the half-circle. The r can sometimes take (3) an elongated bow shape, coming close to the shape of the l.

2) The main vertical lines can sometimes curve towards the end of the text, as can the individual teeth, usually in the same direction. In some cases, a hook extends from the end of the line opposite the trident. (1) (2) ḍ The (1) basic shape of the character is a pound-sign #, with some variation with regard to how far the lines extend past the inner square. In rare cases, (2) a third intersecting line is added. script and orthography 31 (1) (2) f This sign (1) consists of a vertical wave with three undulations, which can be angular or rounded; (2) the middle undulation is often much larger than the peripheral ones and sometimes flat as well.

In some cases, a hook extends from the end of the line opposite the trident. (1) (2) ḍ The (1) basic shape of the character is a pound-sign #, with some variation with regard to how far the lines extend past the inner square. In rare cases, (2) a third intersecting line is added. script and orthography 31 (1) (2) f This sign (1) consists of a vertical wave with three undulations, which can be angular or rounded; (2) the middle undulation is often much larger than the peripheral ones and sometimes flat as well.

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