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Key features and parameters in Arabic grammar

Author: Abdelkader Fassi Fehri
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : J. Benjamins Pub. Co., 2012.
Series: Linguistik aktuell, Bd. 182.
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In light of recent generative minimalism, and comparative parametric theory of language variation, the book investigates key features and parameters of Arabic grammar. Part I addresses morpho-syntactic and semantic interfaces in temporality, aspectuality, and actionality, including the Past/Perfect/Perfective ambiguity akin to the very synthetic temporal morphology, collocating time adverb construal, and  Read more...
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Fassi Fehri, Abdelkader.
Key features and parameters in Arabic grammar.
Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : J. Benjamins Pub. Co., 2012
(DLC) 2011048226
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Abdelkader Fassi Fehri
ISBN: 9789027274960 9027274967 9027255652 9789027255655
OCLC Number: 778436320
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 358 pages).
Contents: Key Features and Parameters in Arabic Grammar; Editorial page; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication page; Table of contents; Foreword; Provenance of Chapters; Part I Temporality, aspect, voice, and event structure; Tense/Aspect interaction and variation; 1. Past, Perfect, Perfective; 1.1 The Past/Perfect ambiguity; 1.2 Temporal and modal qad; 1.3 One or two projections of T; 1.4 Perfective; 2. Present, Imperfect, Imperfective; 3. Imperfect and SOT; 4. Perfectivity; 4.1 ST as Perfective; 4.2 PT as Imperfective?; 4.3 From Tense to Aspect; 4.4 The Tense/Aspect language typology revisited. 5. ConclusionTransitivity, causativity, and verbal plurality; 1. Issues; 1.1 Problem 1: Semitic morpho-syntax; 1.2 Problem 2: Transitivity theory; 2. Number Theory; 2.1 Ingredients of Num T; 2.2 Verbal plurality and distributed Num; 2.3 Distributed plurality; 2.4 Causative complexity, verbalization, and distributivity; 2.5 Two sources of transitivity; 2.6 Parallel plural morphology; 2.7 Summary; 3. Cross-linguistic evidence; 3.1 Causatives, transitives, and event quantification; 3.1.1 Causativization and transitivization; 3.1.2 Multiple behaviour; 3.1.3 Event quantification. 3.2 Moravcsik's resistant cases4. Conceptual motivations and competing analyses; 4.1 Little v: Verbalizer or transitivizer?; 4.2 Aspect; 4.3 Voice; 4.3.1 Anti-transitive reflexives; 4.3.2 Reflexive causatives; 4.3.3 Agentive and expositive causatives; 4.3.4 Requestive causatives; 4.3.5 Ergative Num and intensive forms; 4.4 Further empirical motivations; 4.4.1 Ergative and unergative Num in event plurality and transitivity; 4.4.2 Adicity, (in)transitive alternations, and multiple uses; 5. Num theory and Num heights; 5.1 Sg and Pl Merge; 5.2 Language variation; 6. Summary and conclusion. Synthetic/analytic asymmetries in voice and temporal patterns1. Analysis, voice, and temporality; 1.1 The problem; 1.2 Nominal auxiliaries; 1.3 S/O Agr split and auxiliary selection; 1.4 Temp auxiliaries; 1.5 Voice; 1.5.1 Arabic and anaphoric Agr; 1.5.2 Latin and split Agr; 1.5.3 Modern Greek; 1.5.4 Albanian; 1.5.5 Moroccan Arabic; 2. Formal complexity and categorization; 2.1 Further analytic and synthetic questions; 2.1.1 Pass and additional complexity; 2.1.2 Two finite Agrs; 2.1.3 Ancient Greek as fully synthetic; 2.2 Reanalysis as the source of analytic pass or perfect. 2.3 A splitting analysis (of Temp and Agr categories)3. Peculiarities and structural heights; 3.1 Imperfective passive; 3.2 Verbal and adjectival voices; 3.3 Multiple functions across heights; 4. Summary and conclusion; Arabic Perfect and temporal adverbs; 1. Salient properties of the Arabic TR system; 1.1 Polyfunctionality of T/Asp forms; 1.2 The PresPerf split: Synthesis and analysis; 1.3 The Past split: Simple Past Pfv and complex Past Impfv; 2. The Perfect/Past ambiguity; 2.1 Aspects and Tenses; 2.2 Positional "deictic" adverbs; 2.3 Perf and modal qad.
Series Title: Linguistik aktuell, Bd. 182.
Responsibility: Abdelkader Fassi Fehri.

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