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Une « rime cachée » dans Cor 23, 12-14 ? Histoire du texte et histoire de la langue

Abstract : Richard Bell gives Kor 23, 12-14 as an example of “hidden rhymes” by the addition of rhyming segments in -īn, which is, with -ūn, the rhyme of this sura. Their removal would reveal a small and semantically coherent piece of seven verses rhyming in -ah (or -a for Montgomery Watt). If this passage is used for the history of the text by Western scholars of the Qurʾān, it could also be used for the history of the Qurʾānic language and style by Arabic linguists. Without removing any elements, but basing my analysis on the rasm, which notes the pausal pronunciation of the tāʾ marbūṭa and the tanwīn-an, I show that Kor 23, 12-14 constitutes a pure piece of saǧʿ. It breaks down into eight segments, seven of which are syntactically parallel, rhyming in -īn, -ah and -ā, -ah being also an internal rhyme in 12 and 13. A single segment, the seventh, rhymes with no other but would rhyme with a constituent of 13 if we remove the case ending. And if we remove the whole set of final short vowels, be them inflectional or not, we see that all components of 23, 12-14 rhyme with each other. We then hypothesize that Qurʾānic Arabic is without desinential inflection, and that this syntactically irrelevant inflection was introduced for prosodic reasons linked to the chanting recitation of the Qurʾān (taǧwīd).
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Pierre Larcher. Une « rime cachée » dans Cor 23, 12-14 ? Histoire du texte et histoire de la langue. Arabica, Brill Academic Publishers, 2021, 68 (1), pp.36-50. ⟨10.1163/15700585-12341589⟩. ⟨halshs-03274325⟩



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