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This chapter talks about frequent comparison of Sībawayhi?s views with those of his predecessors, his contemporaries and subsequent grammarians therein. A number of significant developments did take place after Sībawayhi, mostly in methodology rather than context, and more in the realm of syntax than in morphology. Some of these developments are discussed in the few sections of the chapter. In spite of Sibawayhi's huge influence on subsequent grammarians and of his almost unchallenged authority in the essential components of the grammatical theory, we have argued in the few sections of the chapter that there has been a gradual degeneration of his approach and a clear tendency towards standardization and normalization of grammatical rules. Sībawayhi?s legacy, as subsequent grammarians perceived it, proved to be too powerful to be challenged without retribution.

Keywords: grammatical theory; Mubarrad; pedagogical implications; Sībawayhi?s views; subsequent grammarians



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