Specifically, I am looking for something:

  • That isn't just an introduction, but neither a comprehensive "everything we can currently say on the topic" kind of text.
  • That goes back to about Proto-Semitic, and doesn't talk just about starting from classical Arabic.
  • Doesn't focus too heavily on only one aspect (e.g. just phonology or just morphology) and rather something a bit more balanced.

Just to clarify, I have pretty much no prior experience with The historical development of the Arabic language.

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This is a cutting-edge study by the leading scholar in the field. The book can be downloaded for free. Table of contents on the link.


  • Thank you, I have only begun to read it, but it seems interesting. Nov 28, 2021 at 4:27

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