Kees Versteegh is Professor of Arabic and Islam at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He graduated in Classical and Semitic languages and specializes in historical linguistics and the history of linguistics, focusing on processes of language change and language contact.
His books include Pidginization and Creolization: The Case of Arabic (Amsterdam, 1984), The Arabic Linguistic Tradition (London, 1997) and Arabic Grammar and Qur'anic Exegesis in Early Islam (Leiden, 1993). He co-edited the Handbuch für die Geschichte der Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (Berlin, 2000--2005) and the Arabic--Dutch/Dutch--Arabic Dictionary (Muiderberg, 2003), and was the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics (Leiden, 2006--2009).
Table of Contents
Preface List of Figures and Maps Note on Transcription and Glossing
1. The Study of Arabic in the West 2. Arabic as a Semitic Language 3. The Earliest Stages of Arabic 4. Arabic in the Pre-Islamic Period 5. The Development of Classical Arabic 6. The Structure of Arabic 7. The Arabic Linguistic Tradition 8. The Emergence of New Arabic 9. Middle Arabic 10. The Study of the Arabic Dialects 11. The Dialects of Arabic 12. The Emergence of Modern Standard Arabic 13. Diglossia 14. Bilingualism 15. Arabic as a Minority Language 16. Arabic Pidgins and Creoles 17. Arabic as a World Language