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KSUCCA: A Key To Exploring Arabic Historical Linguistics
Maha Sulaiman Alrabiah, AbdulMalik Al-Salman, Eric Atwell, Nawal Alhelewh
Pages - 27 - 36     |    Revised - 10-05-2014     |    Published - 01-06-2014
Volume - 5   Issue - 2    |    Publication Date - May / June 2014  Table of Contents
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KEYWORDS
Historical Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Lexical change, Syntactic Change, Morphological Change, Phraseological Change, Semantic Change.
ABSTRACT
Classical Arabic forms the basis of Arabic linguistic theory and it is well understood by the educated Arabic reader. It is different in many ways from Modern Standard Arabic which is more simplified in its lexical, syntactic, morphological, phraseological and semantic structure. King Saud University Corpus of Classical Arabic is a pioneering corpus of around 50 million words of Classical Arabic. It is initially constructed for the purpose of studying distributional lexical semantics of the Quran and Classical Arabic, however, it is designed in a general way making it also appropriate for other researches in Linguistics and Computational Linguistics. In this paper, we will briefly describe the structure of our corpus, and then we will demonstrate how it can be used to depict some aspect of Arabic language change between the classical and the modern periods.
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Mr. Maha Sulaiman Alrabiah
Al-Imam University - Saudi Arabia
msrabiah@gmail.com
Professor AbdulMalik Al-Salman
King Saud University - Saudi Arabia
Associate Professor Eric Atwell
Leeds University - United Kingdom
Professor Nawal Alhelewh
Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University - Saudi Arabia