Yüksel, Ahmet; Gündüzöz, Soner
January 2005
Ekev Academic Review;Winter2005, Vol. 9 Issue 22, p211
Academic Journal
Ishtikak al-akbar (largest etymology) theory which was developed by Ibn Jinni in the 10th Century and which is based on the idea that meaning of the words changes depending on the change in consonants, and its modern version called sunaiyyah (biliteralism) are important theories explaining the origins of words in Arabic language. The phenomenon of musellesat is as important as these theories. The largest etymology, biliteralism theories and musellesat phenomenon have similarities with the theory of phonemes, developed by Courtenay in 1894. This article examines some significant linguistic theories in the Arabic philology in light of the phoneme theory, with emphasis on their differences and similarities. In addition, it evaluates contemporary phoneme theory and other theories in the Arabic philology in terms of their historical developments.


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