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Learning Objectives

- ability to read & vocalize standard Arabic texts;

- knowledge & application of syntactic structures of standard Arabic;

- translation of texts from Arabic to Italian & vice versa.

- knowledge of main theories about Arabic dialects;

- ability to recognize the distinctive features of Eastern and Western Neo-Arabic.

Course Structure


Detailed Course Content

Arabic Language III:

complementary notions about the name and the verb; doubly weak verbs; derived forms of quadriliteral verbs; derived forms of the passive verbs); specific uses of some prepositions; the syntax; the conditional sentences; the numerals: hundreds, thousands, dates; idiomatic sentences in Arabic.



Arabic & Dialects, the diglossia, the middle Arabic & the

Triglossia, the origin of Neo-Arabic dialects; the spread of the Arabic.

Main features of Maghribi Neo-Arabic with focus on contemporary Tunisian Arabic, Siculo-Arabic and Andalusi Arabic.

Elements of the Arabic language spoken in Morocco.

Textbook Information

- L. Veccia Vaglieri, Grammatica teorico-pratica della lingua araba vol. 1 (pp. 271) - 2 (esercizi, pp. 572), Istituto per l'Oriente C. A. Nallino, Istituto per l’Oriente, Roma (II Ed.);

- Luc-Willy Deheuvels (Ed. Italiana a cura di A. Ghersetti), Grammatica araba. Manuale di arabo moderno, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2010, vol. II (pp. 77-246).

- Olivier Durand, Dialettologia Araba, Carocci editore, Roma, 2009 e rist. (pp. 27-103; 111-212, except paragraphs 14.3.7 and 14.3.9).

- Jérôme, Lentin, “Middle Arabic”, in Lutz Edzard & Rudolf de Jong (eds.), Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Brill, Leiden 2006-2009, vol. 3, pp. 215-224.

- Federico Corriente, “Andalusi Arabic”, in Lutz Edzard & Rudolf de Jong (eds.), Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Brill, Leiden 2006-2009, vol. 1, pp. 101-111.


A selection of Neo-Arabic and Middle Arabic texts will be given by the professor during the classes and will be available at


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

Open in PDF format Versione in italiano