Modern Written Arabic

A Comprehensive Grammar

By El Said Badawi, Michael Carter, Adrian Gully

© 2003 – Routledge

828 pages

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Paperback: 9780415130851
pub: 2003-11-27
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About the Book

Modern Written Arabic is a complete reference guide to the grammar of modern written Arabic.

The Grammar presents an accessible and systematic description of the language, focusing on real patterns of use in contemporary written Arabic, from street signs to literature. Examples are drawn from authentic texts, both literary and journalistic, published since 1990.

This comprehensive work is an invaluable resource for intermediate and advanced students of Arabic and anyone interested in Arabic linguistics and the way modern written Arabic works.

Features include:

  • comprehensive coverage of all parts of speech
  • full cross-referencing
  • authentic examples, given in Arabic script, transliteration and translation
  • a detailed index.


'A major contribution to the field of Arabic studies. Modern Written Arabic is a fantastic achievement from a team of three highly experienced and specialist authors … An excellent book with a great deal to offer … There are huge riches to be found, many of which are not discussed in any other currently available volume.'BAAL News

Table of Contents

1. Script 2. Numerals 3. Prepositional phrases 4. Vocative 5. Circumstantial phrases 6. Clause and sentence 7. Independent 8. Simple sentence 9. Interrogative 10. Categorical negative 11. Coordination

About the Authors

El Said Badawi is Professor of Arabic Language and Linguistics at the American University in Cairo. M.G. Carter is Professor of Arabic at the University of Oslo. Adrian Gully is Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Exeter.

About the Series

Routledge Comprehensive Grammars

Comprehensive Grammars are clear guides to the entire grammar system of each language. They are suitable for intermediate to advanced learners and a must for every language reference library.

All Comprehensive Grammars are available as inspection copies.

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