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Qur’anic stylistic, a linguistic analysis (Hussein ABDUL-RAOF)

ABDUL-RAOF (Hussein), Qur’anic stylistic, a linguistic analysis, Munich, Lincom Europa, (« languages of the world ; 32 »), 2004, 251 p. Bibliogr. Index. ISBN 3-89586-817-5


Hussein ABDUL RAOF est professeur à l’Université de Leeds. Spécialiste d’études coraniques, il porte un intérêt particulier pour l’analyse textuelle et linguistique du corpus coranique.


Stylistic variation is the colourful manifestation of language. It is
an intriguing linguistic phenomenon that can take place at different
levels of language as it has been found in Qur’anic genre. Stylistic
shift can occur within the sentence boundary at both the micro and the
macro levels. In the micro text, stylistic variation occurs at the
morpheme, word, and sentence levels. However, in the macro text,
stylistic change can occur at the macro textual level beyond the
sentence boundary. In other words, stylistically different sentences
are found at different texts far away from each other. Stylistic
variation mirrors language behaviour and the manipulation of the
linguistic tools and strategies available to the text producer.
Stylistic variation in Qur’anic Arabic occurs for a good reason and is
context and co-text sensitive. Context and co-text are the linguistic
habitat for stylistic shift. The surrounding grammatical, semantic,
and phonetic environment has a direct impact upon the linguistic
behaviour of Qur’anic genre. This is due to the fact that the text
unfolds in a given context of situation. Therefore, the distinctive
stylistic patterns are influenced by the contextual and co-textual
factors. A linguistic-stylistic exploration of sentence patterns
illuminates the reader’s appreciation of the grammatical and semantic
subtleties underpinning the distinct meanings of two stylistically
different but structurally identical sentences. A linguistic
investigation of the stylistic patterns of language also unearths the
underlying signification of two stylistically distinct sentences. The
present analysis attempts to provide an insight into the resourceful
stylistic and linguistic strategies of Arabic. The book sharpens up
the reader’s awarness of the exotic stylistic patterns that are
semantically-oriented. These stylistic structures can be realized
through various linguistic processes that are specific to Arabic. The
resourceful mechanism can be a useful linguistic tool to achieve
various communicative functions with different semantic
significations. The present account of Qur’anic genre explores how
grammatical acceptability and semantic syntax are interrelated to
stylistic variation in Arabic. This work provides an in-depth
explicated analysis of stylistic variation in Qur’anic genre.


Linguistic and Stylistic Expressions
Chapter One Linguistic and Textual Features of Qur’anic Discourse
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Qur�Euro(tm)anic Linguistic Features
1.3 Qur�Euro(tm)anic Textual Features
Chapter Two Syntactic Changes and Stylistic Variation
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Types of Syntactic Change
2.2.1 Word Order Fixed Word Order
2.2.2 Morphological Form
2.2.3 Case Ending
2.2.4 Singular and Plural
2.2.5 Definite and Indefinite Nouns
2.2.6 Feminine and Masculine
2.2.7 Person
2.2.8 Present and Past Tense
Chapter Three Contextual and Co-Textual Factors
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Context and Lexis
3.2.1 Semantic Componential Features
3.2.2 Sentence-Final Words
3.3 Co-Text and Lexis
3.4 Phonetic Factors
Chapter Four Cohesion Network and Stylistic Shift
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Ellipsis
4.2.1 Stylistic Ellipsis Conjunctions Particles Prepositions Addition of Elements Omission of Elements
4.2.2 Grammatical Ellipsis
4.3 Substitution
Chapter Five Discourse Variation
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Grammatical Incongruity
5.3 Semantic Incongruity
5.4 Semantic Redundancy
5.5 Selectional Restrictions
5.6 Repetition
Chapter Six Motifs and Stylistic Patterns
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Motif and Stylistic Shift

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