Arab scholars began to describe the sounds of classical Arabic in the 8th century C.E. in an effort to preserve and codify the recitation of the Koran. These early linguists often had remarkable insight into how speech-sounds are produced and how they can be grouped into natural classes. In this course, we will explore their work and the tradition stemming from it (know as tajwīd) from the perspective of modern phonetic science and phonological theory. This course aims to balance conceptual understanding of tajwīd principles with their practical application in Koranic recitation. The content of lectures and readings will be taken from both modern linguistics literature and primary- and secondary-source tajwīd texts (in translation). Students will also hone their perception skills by listening to recordings and their production skills by practicing in small groups with a facilitator.
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