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Title: Negation in standard and Kuwaiti Arabic
Author(s): Alsalem, Eman
Advisor(s): Benmamoun, Elabbas
Department / Program: Linguistics
Discipline: Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.A.
Genre: Thesis
Subject(s): Negation
Arabic syntax.
Abstract: The investigation of the structure of Arabic, a Semitic language spoken in many Arab countries, has revealed many typologically important linguistic phenomena, particularly related to syntax. The importance is seen in both its standard and dialectal forms. One of the important syntactic aspects of Arabic is negation, a fundamental phenomenon in the study of syntax. Negation has been investigated by many scholars, such as Pollock (1989), Brustad (2000), Benmamoun (2000) and Ouhalla and Shlonsky (2002). Building on previous studies, this thesis provides a description of the morpho-syntax of negation patterns in Kuwaiti Arabic. By incorporating examples from corpora, this thesis sheds light on different types of negative elements which have not been examined in previous Arabic syntactic studies. The Kuwaiti dialect is considered in this thesis as a representative of Arabic dialects as it encompasses different types of negative elements. This study presents a descriptive work on the morpho-syntax of negation in Kuwaiti Arabic and Standard Arabic by examining the syntactic distributions of the negative markers in these two varieties.
Issue Date: 2012-09-18
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/34530
Rights Information: Copyright 2012 Eman Alsalem
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-09-18
Date Deposited: 2012-08


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