This book is the first comparative study of the syntax of Arabic dialects, based on natural language data recorded in Morocco, Egypt, Syria, and Kuwait. These four dialect regions are geographically diverse and representative of four distinct dialect groups.
Kristen E. Brustad has adopted an analytical approach that is both functional and descriptive, combining insights from discourse analysis, language topology, and pragmatics -- the first time such an approach has been used in the study of spoken Arabic syntax. An appendix includes sample texts from her data.
Brustad's work provides the most nuanced description available to date of spoken Arabic syntax, widens the theoretical base of Arabic linguistics, and gives both scholars and students of Arabic tools for greater cross-dialect comprehension.
Thoroughly backed up by numerous solid references in the dialectological literature ... an important publication advancing the field of comparative Arabic dialectology. Journal of the American Oriental Society A welcome addition to Arabic linguistics. It is well written, with lucid explanations and transparent terminology. It breaks new ground in Arabic dialectology ... Recommended reading for anyone who is interested in the Arabic language or Arabic linguistics, including teachers and professors, native and non-native alike. It is readable, clearly laid out, and written in an engaging style. Modern Language Journal
Notes on Transcriptions and Glosses Introduction 1. The Definiteness Continuum 2. Number, Agreement and Possession 3. Relative Clauses 4. Demonstrative Articles and Pronouns 5. Categorizing Verbs 6. Aspect 7. Tense and Time Reference 8. Mood 9. Negation 10. Sentence Typology Conclusions Appedix 1: Informants Appendix 2: Texts Morocco Egypt Syria Kuwait References Subject Index Author Index Tables Figures
Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st September 2000
Publisher: GEORGETOWN UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.68