Arabic Language and Linguistics (Georgetown University Round Table on Languages & Linguistics Series)
By: Reem Bassiouney (editor), E. Graham Katz (editor)Paperback
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Arabic, one of the official languages of the United Nations, is spoken by more than half a billion people around the world and is of increasing importance in today's political and economic spheres. The study of the Arabic language has a long and rich history: earliest grammatical accounts date from the 8th century and include full syntactic, morphological, and phonological analyses of the vernaculars and of Classical Arabic. In recent years the academic study of Arabic has become increasingly sophisticated and broad. This state-of-the-art volume presents the most recent research in Arabic linguistics from a theoretical point of view, including computational linguistics, syntax, semantics, and historical linguistics. It also covers sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and discourse analysis by looking at issues such as gender, urbanization, and language ideology. Underlying themes include the changing and evolving attitudes of speakers of Arabic and theoretical approaches to linguistic variation in the Middle East.
Reem Bassiouney is an associate professor of Arabic linguistics at Georgetown University. She is the author of Arabic Sociolinguistics: Topics in Diglossia, Gender, Identity, and Politics. E. Graham Katz is an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University.
PrefaceTransliteration conventionsIntroduction Part I: Theoretical and Computational Linguistics 1. Negation in Moroccan Arabic: Scope and FocusNizha Chatar-Moumni 2. On the Syntax and Semantics of Arabic Universal QuantificationKamel A. Elsaadany and Salwa Muhammed Shams 3. Statistical and Symbolic Paradigms in Arabic Computational LinguisticsAli Farghaly 4. Raising in Standard Arabic: Backward, Forward, and NoneYoussef A. Haddad 5. Construct State Nominals as Semantic PredicatesSarah Ouwayda 6. On Licensing Wh-Scope: Wh-Questions in Egyptian Arabic RevisitedUsama Soltan 7. The Notion of 'Complete' and 'Incomplete' Verbs in Early Arabic Grammatical Theory: K na and Its SistersHana ZabarahPart II: Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics8. Women and Politeness on Egyptian Talk ShowsReem Bassiouney9. Bonjour, ca va ? Labas ale-ik? French and Arabic in CasablancaElena Canna 10. Nominalization in Arabic Discourse: A Genre Analysis PerspectiveAhmed Fakhri 11. The Elusiveness of Lu a Wust -or, Attempting to Catch Its "True Nature"Gunvor Mejdell12. Mexicans Speaking in Darija (Moroccan Arabic): Media, Urbanization, and Language Changes in MoroccoCatherine Miller13. Critical Languages and Critical Thinking: Reframing Academic Arabic ProgramsKarin Christina Ryding14. Ideology and the Standardization of ArabicYasir Suleiman15. The Ditransitive Dative Divide in Arabic: Grammaticality Assessments and ActualityDavid Wilmsen
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