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Sībawayhi’s and Later Grammarians’ Usage of ḥadīṯs as a Grammatical Tool

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This paper focuses on the role of ḥadīṯs in the grammatical tradition and their use by grammarians from the time of Sībawayhi onward. Following an introduction on the sources which Arab grammarians use for their grammatical descriptions and theories, and salient views on the role of ḥadīṯs, if at all, as a grammatical tool, the paper examines Sībawayhi’s quotations of ḥadīṯs and then presents the actual way grammarians from the time of Sībawayhi onward use and quote ḥadīṯs, in the context of one syntactic topic, namely the naṣb (subjunctive) mood. The paper shows that the number of quoted ḥadīṯs in this context is quite small, certainly in comparison with the number of examples from the spoken language of the Bedouins, the Qurʾān and ancient Arabic poetry, which totals in the hundreds. Finally, it proposes a possible explanation for these findings



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