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Owens, Jonathan

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Works: 93 works in 263 publications in 5 languages and 6,681 library holdings
Genres: History  Humor 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator, 070
Classifications: PJ6075, 492.7509
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Most widely held works by Jonathan Owens
The foundations of grammar : an introduction to medieval Arabic grammatical theory by Jonathan Owens( )

14 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 1,602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Arabic grammatical tradition is one of the great traditions in the history of linguistics, yet it is also one that is comparatively unknown to modern western linguistics. The purpose of the present book is to provide an introduction to this grammatical tradition not merely by summarizing it, but by putting it into a perspective that will make it accessible to any linguist trained in the western tradition. The reader should not by put off by the word 'medieval': Arabic grammatical theory shares a number of fundamental similarities with modern linguistic theory. Indeed, one might argue that
Early Arabic grammatical theory : heterogeneity and standardization by Jonathan Owens( )

18 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and Italian and held by 1,475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Arabic grammatical tradition is remarkable for having organized a large amount of descriptive material within a sophisticated formal framework. The present study seeks to elucidate the early development of this system from a theory-internal perspective; it is mainly concerned with the development of the syntactic theory as a formal object, as system of rules. This endeavor is constituted of four sub-goals: a description of early developments, their periodization, their relation to the traditional account in terms of the Basran and Kufan schools, and their relation to modern linguistic theory. These goals represent self-sufficient ends, though it is hoped that the results here will be relevant to further questions, such as the relation between the Arabic and Greco-Syriac grammatical traditions
Neighborhood and ancestry : variation in the spoken Arabic of Maiduguri, Nigeria by Jonathan Owens( )

11 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the past 35 years urban sociolinguistics has developed upon the base of detailed case studies carried out mainly in western countries. A fundamental dichotomy informing the interpretation of variation has been carried out within what is termed the "standard-vernacular model". Higher vs. lower social class, power vs. solidarity, open networks vs. closed networks are a few of the conceptual dyads which have been invoked to order linguistic variation operating with an input from a standard/vernacular source. The present study, based on the spoken Arabic of Maiduguri, Nigeria, focuses on a linguistic landscape where the notions of "standard" and "vernacular" are of little relevance in ordering urban linguistic variants. It is argued that linguistic variation is best conceptualized and ordered in terms of the twin variables of neighborhood and ancestral norms. A detailed analysis of 13 linguistic variables based on a corpus of about 500,000 words invokes an urban linguistic world different from that in the West. To integrate this landscape into current sociolinguistic thinking a typology of urban variation is outlined using familar, yet relatively unutilized sociolinguistic parameters: neighborhood, ancestry, minority status and institutionalization
Arabic as a minority language by Jonathan Owens( )

14 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Information structure in spoken Arabic by Jonathan Owens( )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores speakersʹ intentions, and the structural and pragmatic resources they employ, in spoken Arabic -- which is different in many essential respects from literary Arabic. Based on new empirical findings from across the Arabic world this book elucidates the many ways in which context and the goals and intentions of the speaker inform and constrain linguistic structure in spoken Arabic. This is the first book to provide an in-depth analysis of information structure in spoken Arabic, which is based on language as it is actually used, not on normatively-given grammar. Written by leading experts in Arabic linguistics, the studies evaluate the ways in which relevant parts of a message in spoken Arabic are encoded, highlighted or obscured. It covers a broad range of issues from across the Arabic-speaking world, including the discourse-sensitive properties of word order variation, the use of intonation for information focusing, the differential role of native Arabic and second languages to encode information in a code-switching context, and the need for cultural contextualization to understand the role of "disinformation" structure. -- Publisher description from http://www.routledge.com (Oct. 4, 2011)
A linguistic history of Arabic by Jonathan Owens( Book )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Linguistic History of Arabic presents a reconstruction of proto-Arabic by the methods of historical-comparative linguistics. It challenges the traditional conceptualization of an old, classical language evolving into the contemporary Neo-Arabic dialects. Professor Owens combines established comparative linguistic methodology with a careful reading of the classical Arabic sources, such as the grammatical and exegetical traditions. He arrives at a richer and more complex picture of early Arabic language history than is current today and in doing so establishes the basis for a comprehensive, linguistically-based understanding of the history of Arabic. The arguments are set out on a concise, case by case basis, making it accessible to students and scholars of Arabic and Islamic culture, as well as to those studying Arabic and historical linguists."--Jacket
The Oxford handbook of Arabic linguistics by Jonathan Owens( Book )

20 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in English and Arabic and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Until about 60 years ago, linguistic research on the Arabic language in the West was restricted to inquiries on Classical Arabic and the Classical tradition, and spoken Arabic dialects, with historical studies embedded within the broader field of Semitic languages. This situation is changing quickly, not only through the continuation of older research traditions, but also with the integration of new research fields and perspectives. With this expansion comes the danger of specialists in Arabic losing an overview of the field, and of leaving non-specialists without basic resources for evaluating domains of research which they may be interested in for comparative purposes. The Oxford Handbook of Arabic Linguistics will confront this problem by combining state-of-the-art overviews with essays on issues of perspective, controversy, and point of view. In twenty-four chapters, leading experts from around the world will lay out their own stances on controversial issues. The book not only evaluates ways in which questions and theories established in general linguistics and its sub-fields elucidate Arabic, but also challenges approaches which might result in accommodating Arabic to "non-Arabic" interpretations, and brings out the Arabic specificity of individual problems. The Handbook, in one compact volume, gives critical expression to a language which covers large populations and geographical areas, has a long written tradition, and has been the locus of major intellectual fervor and debate
A grammar of Harar Oromo (Northeastern Ethiopia) : including a text and a glossary by Jonathan Owens( Book )

10 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A grammar of Nigerian Arabic by Jonathan Owens( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A short reference grammar of eastern Libyan Arabic by Jonathan Owens( Book )

9 editions published in 1984 in English and Arabic and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oromo causative : lexical grammar without lexical rules by Jonathan Owens( Book )

8 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language in African urban contexts : a contribution to the study of indirect globalisation( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in French and English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lexical basis of variation in Arabic by Raslān Banī Yāsīn( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arabs and Arabic in the Lake Chad region( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Swinesend : Britain's greatest public school by Ben Locker( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Variation in rural Northern Jordanian Arabic by Raslān Banī Yāsīn( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early Arabic grammatical theory : heterogeneity and standardization by Jonathan Owens( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The foundations of grammar : an introduction to medieval Arabic grammatical theory by Jonathan Owens( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language, migration, and the city : corpus based approaches( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Information structure in spoken Arabic( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction: The once and future study of information structure in Arabic: from Jurjani to Grice / Jonathan Owens -- Explaining ø and overt subjects in spoken Arabic / Jonathan Owens, Bill Young, Trent Rockwood, David Mehall, Robin Dodsworth -- Word order and textual function in Gulf Arabic / Clive Holes -- Information structure in the Najdi dialects / Bruce Ingham -- Word order in Egyptian Arabic: form and function / Malcolm Edwards -- The information structure of existential sentences in Egyptian Arabic -- Mustafa Mughazy -- The pragmatics of information structure in Arabic: colloquial tautological expressions as a paradigm example / Mohammed Farghal -- From complementizer to discourse marker: the functions of??nno in Lebanese Arabic / Marie Aimée Germanos -- The (absence of) prosodic reflexes of given/new information status in Egyptian Erabic / Sam Hellmuth -- Moroccan Arabic-French codeswitching and information structure / Karima Ziamari -- Conversation markers in Arabic-Hausa codeswitching: saliency and language hierarchies / Jonathan Owens, Jidda Hassan -- Understatement, euphemism, and circumlocution in Egyptian Arabic: cooperation in conversational dissembling -- David Wilmsen
 
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A linguistic history of Arabic
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Arabic as a minority languageInformation structure in spoken ArabicA linguistic history of ArabicLanguage in African urban contexts : a contribution to the study of indirect globalisationSwinesend : Britain's greatest public schoolInformation structure in spoken Arabic
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