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Title: Some Aspects of Moroccan Arabic Agrammatism
Written By: Samir Diouny

This book is a contribution to the ongoing debate in agrammatism, an
acquired language disorder resulting from left hemisphere brain damage. The
aim of the book is (1) to give a comprehensive account of agrammatism and
outlines and critically examines the different accounts of agrammatic
production and asyntactic comprehension, (2) to address morphological and
structural properties of Moroccan Arabic agrammatic speech and (3) to put
under scrutiny Friedmann and Grodzinsky’s (1997) syntactic account of
tense and agreement in production and across modalities. The book attempts
to answer two important research questions: Are tense and agreement
dissociated as predicted by the Tree-Pruning Hypothesis (Friedmann and
Grodzinsky, 1997)? Is the tense/agreement dissociation
“production-specific”, or does it extend to comprehension and
grammaticality judgment? A third objective of the book is to examine the
comprehension abilities of four Moroccan Arabic-speaking agrammatic
subjects in the light of the Trace Deletion Hypothesis (Grodzinsky, 1995 a,
b). A major research question is whether or not active sentences and
subject relative sentences are understood better than object relative
sentences. The book takes the view the tense/agreement dissociation
reported for Hebrew (Friedmann and Grodzinsky, 1997) and German (Wenzlaff
and Clahsen, 2003) can be replicated in Moroccan Arabic. However, the
syntactic account as outlined in Friedmann and Grodzinsky (1997) cannot
account for the tense/agreement dissociation as Moroccan Arabic has the
agreement node above the tense node. In addition, the Trace Deletion
Hypothesis cannot account for the comprehension difficulties experienced by
the four Moroccan Arabic-speaking agrammatic subjects; the case is so
because both subject relatives and object relatives are understood below
chance level. Based on data collected through different experimental
methods, it is argued that the deficit in agrammatism cannot be explained
in terms of a structural account, but rather in terms of a processing
account. Access to syntactic knowledge tends to be blocked; grammatical
knowledge, however, is entirely intact.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Moroccan
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1443821551
ISBN-13: 9781443821551
Pages: 210
Prices: U.K. £ 39.99