Perspectives on Arabic linguistics I : papers from the First Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics


Perspectives on Arabic linguistics I : papers from the First Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics

edited by Mushira Eid

(Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science, Series 4 . Current issues in linguistic theory ; v. 63)

J. Benjamins, 1990


Perspectives on Arabic linguistics 1

Perspectives on Arabic linguistics one

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Papers from a symposium held Apr. 24-25, 1987 at the University of Utah

Includes bibliographical references and index



This volume provides a general perspective on aspects of Arabic in relation to various areas of linguistics. To the general linguist, it is a source of information and data on Arabic analyzed within current models of analysis; to the Arabic linguist, it provides current analyses of both familiar and new data. The book is divided into three sections, which contain exciting papers on Arabic syntax (mostly within Government-Binding theory), textual analysis, and psycholinguistics. The volume opens with an overview of the current state of Arabic linguistics by the Editor and a major presentation by Charles Ferguson.


  • 1. Preface
  • 2. 1. Overview
  • 3. Arabic linguistics: The current scene (by Eid, Mushira)
  • 4. "Come forth with a Surah like it": Arabic as a measure of Arab society (by Ferguson, Charles A.)
  • 5. 2. Grammatical prespectives
  • 6. Sound plural and broken plural assignment in classical Arabic (by Abd-Rabbo, Mohamad Z.)
  • 7. The problem of subject-verb agreement in Arabic: towards a solution (by Mohammad, Mohammad A.)
  • 8. Word order and proper government in classical Arabic (by Majdi, Basim)
  • 9. Bound anaphora in Egyptian Arabic (by Osman, Mariam H.)
  • 10. Time reference, tense, and formal aspect in Cairene Arabic (by Eisele, John C.)
  • 11. 3. Textual analysis perspectives
  • 12. 'Orality' and discourse structure in modern standard Arabic (by Johnstone, Barbara)
  • 13. Loss of nominal case endings in the modern Arabic dialects: evidence from Palestinian Christian middle Arabic texts (by Gruber-Miller, Ann M.)
  • 14. 4. Psycholinguistic perspectives
  • 15. Bilingual linguistic memory (by Tel, Shadia A.)
  • 16. Slips of the tongue in Arabic (by Safi-Stagni, Sabah)
  • 17. Index of subjects

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