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Title: Grammaticalization of Arabic Prepositions and Subordinators
Subtitle: A Corpus-Based Study
Written By: Mohssen Esseesy
URL: http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=210&pid=28819
Series Title: Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistic
Description:

Previous scholarship on Arabic prepositions typically has presented these
as a static closed class of words. Inevitably, such a treatment does not
take into account the diachronic development of prepositions into new
functions in syntax, semantics and discourse. The present study applies
grammaticalization theory to the analysis of prepositions and subordinators
across varieties of Arabic. It goes beyond the traditional single-word
focus and treats prepositions as parts of multiword complexes. Drawing upon
a sizeable base of authentic historical and present-day Arabic data, it
presents a rigorously descriptive and quantitative analysis of evolutionary
processes involving prepositional forms and subordinators.

Contents

Chapter One Background on Language Change in Arabic
Chapter Two Grammaticalization
Chapter Three Complex Prepositional Phrases
Chapter Four Compound-Like Prepositions
Chapter Five Simple Stem Prepositionals
Chapter Six Simple Stem “Primary” Prepositions
Chapter Seven Bound-Stem Prepositional Forms
Chapter Eight From Preposition to Clause Subordination
Chapter Nine Causal, Concessive-Conditional, and Concessive Subordinators
Chapter Ten Summary and Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Indices
Author Index
Subject Index

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9004185879
ISBN-13: 9789004185876
Pages: 418
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