Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics: Papers from the Annual by Bernard Comrie, Mushira Eid

By Bernard Comrie, Mushira Eid

This is often the 3rd in a continual sequence of papers provided on the annual conferences of the Arabic Linguistic Society whose fundamental objective is to supply a discussion board for the research of Arabic inside present techniques in linguistics. the quantity encompasses a part on Arabic relating to different languages, with papers starting from the significance of Arabic to common linguistic thought, and guttural phonology to Arabic loanwords in Acehnese, verbless sentences in Arabic and Hebrew, and a contrastive learn of center and unaccusative structures in Arabic and English. within the moment component of the ebook, “Grammatical views on Arabic”, subject matters starting from causatives in Moroccan Arabic and epenthesis in Makkan Arabic to a working laptop or computer research of recent common Arabic morphology are mentioned. The 3rd part, “Socio- and psycholinguistic perspectives”, comprises papers on girls, males, and linguistic edition, code switching and linguistic lodging, and agrammatism.

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The logically possible forms of will be: Ïemmer, agreeing with nothing; m agreeing with the possessor; and-hum, agreeing with the possessum. However, since the possessum follows and since cannot agree with a following subject, is automatically excluded, this providing no evidence, positive or negative, concerning the subject status of the possessum noun phrase. This leaves six variants to consider, all of which are grammatical, namely, (41)-(46), though not all are of the same degree of acceptability, as is noted in the discussion below.

Diachronically, one can generalize by saying that nonverbs are being reanalyzed as verbs (though even here, I see no signs of full verbal morphology being acquired by any of these items). Synchronically, however, one still requires a descriptive apparatus subtle enough to capture the various specific intermediate stages. The data examined in this section also have a message more specifically for Arabic linguistics. The range of variation between nonverbal and verbal properties discussed here — and I am sure I have only scratched the surface of what is available in the totality of varieties of Arabic — requires that we pay serious attention to the richness of material that is offered by considering not only the standard language, whether in its Classical or Modern Standard subvarieties, but also the range of vernaculars.

As noted in section 2, Semmer must agree, and can only agree, by means of a pronominal clitic 26 BERNARD COMRIE suffix, with its subject provided that subject does not follow. Let us now apply the test to sentences (35), (38), and (40). The logically possible forms of will be: Ïemmer, agreeing with nothing; m agreeing with the possessor; and-hum, agreeing with the possessum. However, since the possessum follows and since cannot agree with a following subject, is automatically excluded, this providing no evidence, positive or negative, concerning the subject status of the possessum noun phrase.

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