Bulletin of Advanced English Studies

Volume 8 - Issue 2 (1) | PP: 47 - 57 Language : English
DOI : https://doi.org/10.31559/BAES2023.8.2.1

A Comparative Investigation of Sibawayh and Jakobson in Functional Linguistics

Albatool Abalkheel ,
Maha Sourani
Received Date Revised Date Accepted Date Publication Date
25/3/2023 20/4/2023 31/5/2023 27/7/2023
The objective of this research is to connect Arabic theoretical linguistics with modern linguistics, not by disregarding the present and attributing the later theories solely to Arab grammarians and rhetoricians, as has often been assumed. Rather, this research aims to qualitatively explore the linguistic accomplishments of ancient Arab scholars from a contemporary perspective and identify commonalities and controversies between past and present perspectives. Specifically, this study focuses on Sibawayh's interpretation of functional linguistics and its final formulation by Jakobson. Additionally, the study aims to analyse and compare the principles of language and grammar advocated by ancient Arab linguists and contemporary linguists to deepen our understanding of language and its role in human society. The results of this study reveal that while Sibawayh concentrated on the analysis of structure and function in Arabic grammar, modern linguists such as Jakobson have broadened their approach to include a wider range of perspectives including sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and neurolinguistics. Therefore, it is essential to acknowledge the contributions of Sibawayh as his work formed the foundation for language theories in general and linguistics in particular.

How To Cite This Article
Abalkheel , A. & Sourani , M. (2023). A Comparative Investigation of Sibawayh and Jakobson in Functional Linguistics. Bulletin of Advanced English Studies, 8 (2), 47-57, 10.31559/BAES2023.8.2.1

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