Themes in Arabic and Hebrew Syntax

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This collection spans diverse themes in the syntax of Arabic, Modern Arabic dialects and Hebrew. The original contributors are written by specialists with an eye to both broad theoretical and conceptual issues as well as empirical detail. The editors' introduction sets in Generative Grammar. Among the topics discussed in this collection are VSO and SVO, cliticization and agreement, questions and the syntax of wh-movement, cognate objects, adjectival Construct State , Though construction, Gapping, causatives, the ...

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Overview

This collection spans diverse themes in the syntax of Arabic, Modern Arabic dialects and Hebrew. The original contributors are written by specialists with an eye to both broad theoretical and conceptual issues as well as empirical detail. The editors' introduction sets in Generative Grammar. Among the topics discussed in this collection are VSO and SVO, cliticization and agreement, questions and the syntax of wh-movement, cognate objects, adjectival Construct State , Though construction, Gapping, causatives, the syntax of negation and the semantics of the Nominal sentence. It is the only collection of its kind targeting theoretical linguists and specialists in Semitic language alike.

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Although cross-references between studies of Arabic and Hebrew syntax are not uncommon, Ouhalla (U. College Dublin, Ireland) and Shlonsky (U. of Geneva, Switzerland) point out that this volume's systematic within-family comparative study is rare. Though practical constraints prevented a more inclusive study of Semitic languages, these dozen contributions are motivated by a shared theoretical interest in understanding Chomsky's Universal Grammar as well as by interests in this language family. Following an overview of the state of the art of Semitic syntax based on recent research trends, discussion centers on such empirical topics as cognate objects in modern and Biblical Hebrew, constituent questions in Palestinian Arabic, verb order issues in Moroccan Arabic, Hebrew lexical causatives, and negative sentences in Arabic. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors. Preface.
Introduction; J. Ouhalla, U. Shlonsky.
Postverbal Subjects in Arabic and the Theory of Agreement; W. Harbert, M. Bahloul.
Agreement, Clitics and Focus in Egyptian Arabic; E. Jelinek.
Cognate Objects in Modern and Biblical Hebrew; A. Pereltsvaig.
Constituent Questions in Palestinian Arabic; U. Shlonsky.
Adjectival Constructs and Inalienable Constructions; T. Siloni.
Nominal Tough-Constructions; M. Engelhardt.
Gapping and VP-Deletion in Moroccan Arabic; I. Kortobi.
Hebrew Lexical Causatives; M. Arad.
The Manifestation of Genericity in the Tense Aspect System of Hebrew Nominal Sentences; Y. Greenberg.
The Structure and Logical Form of Negative Sentences in Arabic; J. Ouhalla.
Index.

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