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LINGUIST List 24.619

Sat Feb 02 2013

Books: The Verbal Groups of English and Arabic: Umar

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Feb-2013
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: The Verbal Groups of English and Arabic: Umar
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Title: The Verbal Groups of English and Arabic
Subtitle: A Comparative Exploration
Series Title: Linguistics Edition 94

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Book URL: http://www.lincom-shop.eu

Author: Ahmed Umar

Paperback: ISBN: 9783862884186 Pages: 120 Price: Europe EURO 56.80


This is a comparative study of the verbal group in English and Arabic, with a
particular focus on verbal elements like tense, aspect, finiteness and voice.
The study analysed the data using the systemic functional framework
complemented by some Arabic grammatical theories. The Systemic Functional
theory (Halilday and Matthiessen, 2004) proved efficient in analysing the data
due to its view of language as a mega-system of sub-systems, whereby items are
selected and arranged by language users based on the functional suitability of
the items. In English and Arabic grammars (Hudson, 2005; Baidhoon, 2005),
verbal formations entail systematic selection and use of words and affixes.
With the Systemic Functional theoretical tool, this study discovered that the
two languages agree on salient functional dimensions (tense, aspect, etc) but
differ on minute structural details (word order, word forms). English relies
mainly on word order, using same forms for various functions; Arabic uses
morphological processes, with minimal word order, for such functions. English
uses word order especially in the perfect and progressive aspects, wherein
tense is indicated by the operator, and lexical verbs are repetitive of form.
Arabic uses word order in the past continuous tense only.

Ahmed Umar Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, University of
Maiduguri, Nigeria. His areas of specialization are Comparative Bilingual /
Multilingual Studies and Creative Writing. His linguistic researches cover
English, Arabic, Hausa, Kanuri and Bura.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)
English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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