The Concept of Maani an-Nahwi in Arabic and the Idea of `Modistae` in Latin: A Study of Historical Linguistic Study
The relationship between syntax and semantic has not been effectively clarified within the framework of traditional Arabic grammatical theory. In this case, the discipline of grammar has to be reform first. However, the need of context is a must because only when the context is properly ordered (nazm), can there be eloquence and excellent style. The proper ordering refers to a correspondence between the meaning in the mind and the words in the sentence. This is similar with the concept of modistae, whereby a modiste believed each constituent of reality has modes of being which determine the number of ways in which it can be correctly conceptualized and signified. In conclusion, the Arabic concept of maani nahwi and the Latin idea of Modistae are relatively similar. This paper will analyse the concurrence of ideas among Arab and Europe scholars between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. It will assess the possibility of transmission of maani nahwi into the concept of Modistae. It assumes that Muslim Spanish influence during the second Umayyad Caliphate may account to this trend.
Keywords: Connection, Arabic and Latin Modistae
Dr. Solehah Yaacob
Lecturer, Department of Arabic Language and Literature, International Islamic University