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By Elinor Saiegh-Haddad, R. Malatesha Joshi

This booklet offers a synopsis of lately released empirical examine into the purchase of interpreting and writing in Arabic. Its specific concentration is at the interaction among the linguistic and orthographic constitution of Arabic and the improvement of studying and writing/spelling. moreover, the ebook addresses the socio-cultural, political and academic milieu within which Arabic literacy is embedded. It allows readers to understand either the results of empirical learn to literacy enhancement and the demanding situations and boundaries to the applicability of such insights within the Arabic language and literacy context. The publication will boost the certainty of the complete context of literacy acquisition in Arabic with the very many elements (religious, historic, linguistic etc.) that engage and may as a result give a contribution to weakening the anglocentricity that dominates discussions of this topic.

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Ta:ʔ marbu:ṭa is not an independent letter of the Arabic alphabet. Rather, it is a variant of the letter T ‫ت‬. The basic variant is called ta:ʔ maftu:ħa ‘opened T’, as the grapheme is open at the top. The ‘bound’ variant, ‘closed’ at the top, is in fact the letter H (word final shapes) ϩ̴, a matre lectionis with diacritics ‫ ﺔ ة‬to differentiate it from the consonantal H and to mark it as a morphological entity, namely the basic feminine suffix of nouns and adjectives. When a word ending with ta:ʔ marbu:ṭa is suffixed with a personal pronoun, the consonant /t/ is restored in both speech and in writing as ta:ʔ maftu:ħa ‘opened T’; when vocalized for the case ending, or opening a construct ʔiḍa:fa, the consonant /t/ is restored in speech only.

This means that linguistic features of Spoken Arabic, including sounds, words, and syntactic constructions, may not have a conventional form of representation in spelling. It is noteworthy that given the linguistic relatedness and partial overlap between Spoken and Standard Arabic, some Standard Arabic linguistic constructions are also available in some Spoken Arabic dialects, albeit with certain variation. These will naturally have a standard orthographic representation. Moreover, distinctive spoken structures may be phonetically represented.

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