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Title:Subatomic Semantics and the Active Participle in Egyptian Arabic
Author(s):Mughazy, Mustafa
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Benmamoun, Elabbas
Department / Program:Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language, Linguistics
Abstract:Egyptian Arabic sentences with active participle predicates license past, present, and future adverbials even though these sentences encode only the present tense. In this dissertation, I argue that the logical forms of sentences with active participle predicates involve existential quantification over the states denoted by active participle predicates as well as the onset events that bring them about. Analyzing temporal adverbials as modifiers of eventuality arguments, I demonstrate that only present adverbials can be grammatically licensed as modifiers of states, and that only past adverbials can be licensed as modifiers of onsets. Therefore, sentences with AP predicates can license past and present adverbials simultaneously. Moreover, sentences with active participle predicates have futurate readings and allow future adverbials only if the speaker is understood as making a prediction about a future event, the completion of which will bring about the states described by participial predicates.
Issue Date:2004
Description:232 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3130985
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2004

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