The syntax and semantics of pronoun reference in the Holy Quran

Other Title(s)

السمات النحوية و الدلالية لمرجعية الضمائر في القرآن الكريم

Author

Abd al-Hamid, Abu al-Hasan Muhammad

Source

Journal of The Faculty of Arts, Assiut University

Issue

Vol. 23, Issue 74 (30 Apr. 2020), pp.311-346, 36 p.

Publisher

Assuit University Faculty of Arts

Publication Date

2020-04-30

Country of Publication

Egypt

No. of Pages

36

Main Subjects

Islamic Studies
Arabic Language

Topics

Abstract EN

Pronouns are parts of speech that stand for a noun or a noun phrase in order to avoid repetition and connect different parts of the text.

Any text whatsoever, whether short or long, can hardly be found devoid of pronouns.

Failure to identify the proper referent of a pronoun may lead to confusion, ambiguity and obscurity of meaning.

Furthermore, identifying pronoun reference is crucial to the process of translation due to the fact that failing to identify the correct referent will inevitably lead to inaccurate translation.

The Holy Quran is characterized by frequent use of pronominal anaphora.

Therefore, resolving pronoun reference is crucial to the understanding of the Holy Quran.

Besides, recognizing the correct reference will help provide accurate renderings of the meanings of the Holy Quran with respect to the issue of pronoun reference.

This paper addresses some of the semantic and syntactic rules of assigning pronoun reference in the Holy Quran.

The study reveals that reference switching is quite frequent in the Holy Quran.

Arabic allows for reference switching, whereas English does not.

Reference switching in Arabic occurs in person, number and gender.

Besides, Arabic can allow for both lexical and semantic reference.

English is strictly limited in this respect as it permits semantic reference only with collective nouns.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Abd al-Hamid, Abu al-Hasan Muhammad. 2020. The syntax and semantics of pronoun reference in the Holy Quran. Journal of The Faculty of Arts, Assiut University،Vol. 23, no. 74, pp.311-346.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1274780

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Abd al-Hamid, Abu al-Hasan Muhammad. The syntax and semantics of pronoun reference in the Holy Quran. Journal of The Faculty of Arts, Assiut University Vol. 23, no. 74 (Apr. 2020), pp.311-346.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1274780

American Medical Association (AMA)

Abd al-Hamid, Abu al-Hasan Muhammad. The syntax and semantics of pronoun reference in the Holy Quran. Journal of The Faculty of Arts, Assiut University. 2020. Vol. 23, no. 74, pp.311-346.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1274780

Data Type

Journal Articles

Language

English

Notes

Includes bibliographical references : p. 345-346

Record ID

BIM-1274780