The importance of Arabic grammatical theory for the understanding of 

This lecture was given by Prof. Lutz Edzard on March 10, 2015 as part of the Distinguished Lecturer Series.

 Lutz Edzard is Professor of Arabic and Semitic lnguistics at the University of Erlangen-NĂĽrnberg and retains for the time being a part-time position as Professor of Semitic linguistics at the University of Oslo. His research interests include comparative Semitic and Afroasiatic linguistics with a focus on phonology, Arabic and Hebrew linguistics, and the history of diplomatic documents in Semitic languages. He has published extensively in these areas. He is the editor, with Rudolf de Jong, of the Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics online at Brill, and, with Stephan Guth, the editor of the online Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies. He serves as the Semitics editor of Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft and, with Stephan Guth, as the editor of the series Porta Linguarum Orientalium at Harrassowitz.

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