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Arabic indefinites, interrogatives, and negators : a linguistic history of western dialects

Author: David William Wilmsen
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Series: Oxford studies in diachronic and historical linguistics, 14.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This book traces the origins and development of the Arabic grammatical marker s/si, which is found in interrogatives, negators, and indefinite determiners over a broad dialect area that stretches from the southern Levant to North Africa and includes dialects of Yemen and Oman. David Wilmsen draws on data from old vernacular Arabic texts and from a variety of Arabic dialects, and shows that, contrary to much of the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David William Wilmsen
ISBN: 9780198718123 0198718128
OCLC Number: 890393064
Description: xv, 245 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1: Introduction: theory, convention, and the assessment of facts --
2: On the age and origins of spoken Arabic vernaculars : an unresolved question --
3: fīš wa biddīš : The functions of šī --
4: Andalusi Arabic negators and interrogatives: Early evidence of grammatical šī --
5: Interrogation and negation with šī in North African and Levantine Arabic --
6: Origins of grammatical šī : Southern Arabia or the Levant? --
7: Proto-Semitic and Proto-Arabic origins of grammatical šī --
8: On explanation and theory in Arabic linguistics --
Afterword --
Appendix: Points of divergence between written and spoken Arabic.
Series Title: Oxford studies in diachronic and historical linguistics, 14.
Responsibility: David Wilmsen.

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This book traces the origins and development of the Arabic grammatical marker s/si, which is found in interrogatives, negators, and indefinite determiners in many Arabic dialects. It argues that s/si  Read more...

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