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dc.contributor.authorPosegay, Nick
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-12T11:29:37Z
dc.date.available2022-01-12T11:29:37Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/52358
dc.description.abstractIn the first few centuries of Islam, Middle Eastern Christians, Muslims, and Jews alike all faced the challenges of preserving their holy texts in the midst of a changing religious landscape. This situation led Syriac, Arabic, and Hebrew scholars to develop new fields of linguistic science in order to better analyse the languages of the Bible and the Qurʾān. Part of this work dealt with the issue of vocalisation in Semitic scripts, which lacked the letters required to precisely record all the vowels in their languages. Semitic scribes thus developed systems of written vocalisation points to better record vowel sounds, first in Syriac, then soon after in Arabic and Hebrew. These new points opened a new field of linguistic analysis, enabling medieval grammarians to more easily examine vowel phonology and explore the relationships between phonetics and orthography. Many aspects of this new field of vocalisation crossed the boundaries between religious communities, first with the spread of ‘relative’ vocalisation systems prior to the eighth century, and later with the terminology created to name the discrete vowels of ‘absolute’ vocalisation systems. This book investigates the theories behind Semitic vocalisation and vowel phonology in the early medieval Middle East, tracing their evolution to identify points of intellectual contact between Syriac, Arabic, and Hebrew linguists before the twelfth century.en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCambridge Semitic Languages and Cultureen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::C Language::CF linguistics::CFF Historical & comparative linguisticsen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::C Language::CF linguistics::CFP Translation & interpretationen_US
dc.subject.otherBible; Hebrew scholars; Arabic scholar; Qurʾān; Syriac scholars;en_US
dc.titlePoints of Contacten_US
dc.title.alternativeThe Shared Intellectual History of Vocalisation in Syriac, Arabic, and Hebrewen_US
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.11647/OBP.0271
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy23117811-c361-47b4-8b76-2c9b160c9a8ben_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781800642966en_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781800642973en_US
oapen.collectionScholarLeden_US
oapen.pages390en_US


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