Extract from the preface of the first issue 1978
Our aim in founding the Zeitschrift für Arabische Linguistik was to establish a journal devoted exclusively to work in the field of Arabic linguistics, which hitherto has been published in a variety of journals of Oriental studies or linguistics; there was no publication reserved for Arabic linguistics. The Zeitschrift für Arabische Linguistik sets out to satisfy this need and to be a forum in which the results of research can be brought to the attention of scholars and discussed, new data made available without delay and new scholarly works reviewed. We hope in this way to improve the exchange of information within the field of Arabic linguistics and to contribute towards promoting progress in the discipline, both with regard to data and methods. In addition we would hope to make the discipline more widely known to workers in neighbouring fields and to the interested lay public.
We intend the term Arabic linguistics, as used in the title of the journal, to be understood in a very broad sense. It will be taken to include all the historical stages and the regional and social variants of Arabic. The main emphasis will be placed on preclassical and classical Arabic including Arabic nation grammar, Modern Standard Arabic and the Arabic dialects. The old and modern South Arabian dialects will also be given due consideration.
As far as descriptive method is concerned, the Zeitschrift für Arabische Linguistik is not restricted to any one linguistic approach. Research of any kind into the Arabic language as defined above will be accepted in this journal.