English-Morpho Semantics of ‘Yaa’ Morpheme in Mary of the Qur’an, A Study in Huroof e Muqatta ‘at: The Prefaced Letters


  • Dr. Ahsan ur Rehman Chairman Department of English Language and Linguistics.Mohiuddin Islamic University AJK ۔


Mysterious letters; morpho semantics


This paper carries out morpho semantic study of the morpheme ‘yaa’ in chapter nineteen of the Qur’an known as ‘Mary’ or Maryam in Arabic. The reason the morpheme attracted the author’s attention is the work of Rehman (2011) which studies a single morpheme with reference to three Qur’anic chapters under the hypothesis that the morpheme is related to the templates present in the said chapters in a systematic manner and Rehman (2014) showing the relevance of three morphemes with their respective chapters.  As the ‘yaa’ morpheme occurs in the beginning of the chapter ‘Mary’, it becomes a good candidate for further study on similar lines. The study of the morpheme reveals and reinforces the study carried out by Rehman (2014 b) that the prefixed letters make the themes, sounds and structures of all the prefixed chapters. The morpheme yaa makes the major rhyme of the chapter and it serves other semantic, syntactic purposes open for stylistic explorations as discussed in the paper. This work is a further development in Qur'anic studies which builds upon the existing scholarship such as Jeffery (1924), Bellamy(1973), Massey(1996) and Nguyen(2014) from the Western world while great Muslim scholars such as Taba Tabai, Zamashkhari, Tusi and Tabrasi to name but a few. It brings to the field of Qur'anic study the fruit of linguistics, providing a systematic analysis of the Prefixed Qur'anic letters. The study is based on Katamba’s (1989), morphological templates as well as Widdowson’s (1989), and (1996) pedagogic and Leech’s (1981) and Mc Short’s (1996) model for stylistic analysis. The cohesive links of the prefaced morpheme lead to coherence in the text and work as an inevitable binding reference for articulation and interpretation.