Transformational Grammar of Modern Literary Arabic

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Most studies on Arabic have dealt exclusively with either regional dialects of the language found in classic texts such as the Holy Quran. In A Transformational Grammar of Modern Literary Arabic, Mohammad Ziad Kebbe provides the most thorough syntactic analysis available of the language used by modern writers and journalists. Drawing on Chomsky's model of linguistic theory, Kebbe provides an in-depth generative account of three major types of Arabic sentences: the coordinate, the negative, and the interrogative. He also focuses on significant transformations frequently found in modern Arabic, such as pronominalization, clitic movement, and dative movement.

A Transformational Grammar of Modern Literary Arabic will appeal to all language specialists and promote further appreciation of the structural subtleties of written Arabic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780710305725
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Monograph Series, #14
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Mohammed Ziad KeBBe is professor of linguistics at King Saud University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Table of Contents

Biographical note
Introduction 1
Phonological and Morphological Hints 6
Inflections 8
Transliteration 8
Notation 8
Ch. 1 Phrase Structure Rules 10
List of Arabic PS Rules 10
General Notes 10
Time and Aspect 20
NP (Noun Phrase) 23
Adj P (Adjective Phrase) 27
PP (Prepositional Phrase) 28
INTENS (Intensifier) 29
ADV (Adverbials) 30
Ch. 2 Major Transformations 34
I Pronominalization 34
II Clitic Movement 37
III Dative Movement 39
IV Focus Transformation 41
Ch. 3 Coordination 48
The Conjunction Schemata 53
Reciprocal Verbs and Adverbs 55
The Conjunction la:kin 60
Deletion Rules 66
Some Conditions Governing Conjoined Structures 72
Ch. 4 Negation 76
I Negation with laisa 78
II Negation with la 82
Ch. 5 Interrogative Clauses 101
Indirect Questions 106
nacam/la: Questions 108
The Interrogative Morphs ?a- and hal 110
The Question Tag 114
WH-Questions 114
Conditions and Remarks on WH-Movement 116
Notes 123
Bibliography 139
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