The ta infix and prefix in Arabic verbal forms compared with other Semitic languages.
In Arabic, as in other Semitic languages, the basic
verbal idea, commonly denoted by three root-letters
(radicals), can be modified among others, by the addition,
prefixed or infixed, of the formative element t (in its
prevalent form ta). The present thesis, devoted to the study
of this phenomenon, represents an attempt both to assess the
different types of modification effected by the addition of
the ta to the Arabic verb in particularly and the Semitic
verb in general, and to investigate any possibility of their
having a common origin.
In order to realize these aims:
(i) previous contributions to the ta phenomenon in the
Arabic verb have been examined (ch. I);
(ii) a picture of the phenomenon in each of the main cognate
languages has been drawn (ch. II);
(iii) inductive analyses of Arabic ta forms in their actual
context have been carried out in a representative amount of
classical literature (ch. III);
(iv) the information gathered by these investigations has
been collated to produce, a coherent, consistent and
comprehensive theory of the origin and development of the
formative ta (ch. IV).
The descriptive inductive-comparative approach to
the ta phenomenon here represents also an attempt to revise
the method of study of the linguistic phenomena in classical
Arabic, and to diagnose the - now widely recognized -
failure of the conventional grammar of this language a
failure resulting mainly from the lack of such an approach.