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Published: 01 January 2019

192 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474433143

Bookseller Code (06)

A Multi-locus Analysis of Arabic Negation

Micro-variation in Southern Levantine, Gulf and Standard Arabic

Ahmad Alqassas

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

  • A micro-syntactic analysis of negation in three varieties of Arabic
  • Data from Southern Levantine, Gulf and Standard Arabic shed light on word order contrasts in negative clauses and their interaction with tense/aspect, mood/modality, semantic scope over adverbs, and negative sensitive items
  • New data challenging the standard claim in Arabic linguistics literature that negation has a fixed parametrized position in the clause structure
  • Non-parametric analysis challenging the parametric view of cross-linguistic negation studies and supporting a multi-locus analysis