Arabic sex numbers
Fassi's voice is a deeply original mix of true scholarships and analytical insights, definitely to be paid attention to in the current panorama of formal and typological studies on the topic.
In this outstanding contribution, Fassi Fehri demonstrates that the traditional notion of feminine as a lexical marker of noun class is insufficient to capture the surprisingly broad range of uses of gender marking in Arabic and other languages.
His analysis of Arabic weaves together many neglected phenomena into an innovative approach to countability, individuation, and quantification, where morphosyntactic categories have a much broader range of functions.
A robust theoretical framework places the analysis of Arabic in a cross-linguistic perspective, making the study relevant for a wide audience.
The findings are remarkable, yet almost incontrovertible, once they are clearly laid out and analysed, as in this book, a veritable treasure trove for anyone interested in the role of gender in the grammar.
There is no conflict unless numerical layout is necessary, as is the case for arithmetic problems (as in simple addition or multiplication) and lists of numbers, which tend to be justified at the decimal point or comma.
Eastern Arabic numerals remain strongly predominant vis-à-vis Western Arabic numerals in many countries to the East of the Arab world, particularly in Iran and Afghanistan.
In North Africa (excluding Egypt and Sudan), only Western Arabic numerals are now commonly used.
In medieval times, these areas used a slightly different set (from which, via Italy, Western Arabic numerals derive).