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LINGUIST List 23.2722

Wed Jun 13 2012

Diss: Standard Arabic/Morphology/Syntax/Text/Corpus Ling: Moshref: 'Corpus Study of Tense, Aspect, and Modality in Diglossic Speech in Cairene Arabic'

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 13-Jun-2012
From: Ola Moshref <omoshrefgmail.com>
Subject: Corpus Study of Tense, Aspect, and Modality in Diglossic Speech in Cairene Arabic
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Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2012

Author: Ola Ahmed Moshref

Dissertation Title: Corpus Study of Tense, Aspect, and Modality in Diglossic Speech in Cairene Arabic

Dissertation URL: https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/31159

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            General Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)
Language Family(ies): Semitic

Dissertation Director:
Elabbas Benmamoun
Marina Terkourafi
Rakesh Bhatt
Eyamba Bokamba

Dissertation Abstract:

Morpho-syntactic features of Modern Standard Arabic mix intricately with
those of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic in ordinary speech. I study the
lexical, phonological and syntactic features of verb phrase morphemes and
constituents in different tenses, aspects, moods. A corpus of over 3000
phrases was collected from religious, political/economic and sports
interviews on four Egyptian satellite TV channels. The computational
analysis of the data shows that systematic and content morphemes from both
varieties of Arabic combine in principled ways. Syntactic considerations
play a critical role with regard to the frequency and direction of
code-switching between the negative marker, subject, or complement on one
hand and the verb on the other. Morph-syntactic constraints regulate
different types of discourse but more formal topics may exhibit more mixing
between Colloquial aspect or future markers and Standard verbs.

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