LINGUIST List 8.957

Sun Jun 29 1997

Books: Near Eastern Langs

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Message 1: New Book: Arabic Linguistics

Date: Wed, 25 Jun 1997 14:25:53 +0200 (MEST)
From: Christoph Eyrich <>
Subject: New Book: Arabic Linguistics

			 Martine Cuvalay-Haak


	1997. XX, 278 pages. Cloth DM 158,-/approx. US$ 113.00
			 ISBN 3-11-015401-3
		 Functional Grammar Series 19

 Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

This book concerns the verbal predicate in formal and colloquial
varieties of Arabic. The derivation of verb stems, the expression of
Tense, Mood and Aspect, and the formation of verbal complexes are
analyzed within the framework of Functional Grammar. The relevant
parts of this framework are discussed and evaluated, leading to an
extended version of the Functional-Grammar model of underlying clause
structure. The extended model forms the basis for an insightful
description of the verbal system in Arabic.

The study breaks with the tradition of ascribing a single primary
meaning to each Arabic verb form, and shows that most verb forms may
express a number of different, but diachronically related
Tense-Mood-and-Aspect values. The merits of this approach are
illustrated most strikingly in the powerful analysis of the relation
between the meaning and form of verbal complexes with the auxiliary
verb ka:n. The author pays attention to similarities as well as
differences in the verbal systems of the various types of Arabic, and
discusses most earlier publications on the subject. She presents an
overview which will serve as a work of reference for scholars in the
field of Arabic linguistics. The consistent application of the
Functional-Grammar model leads to new insights into the functions and
development of Arabic verb forms, and provides a firm basis for
further empirical and theoretical research.


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