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Title: The Arabic Verb
Subtitle: Form and meaning in the vowel-lengthening patterns
Written By: Warwick Danks
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SFSL%2063
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 63
Description:

The Arabic verbal system is, for most grammarians, the keystone of
the language. Notable for the regularity of its patterns, it presents the
linguist with an unparalleled opportunity to explore the Saussurean
notion of the indivisible sign: form and meaning. Whilst Arabic forms
are well-documented, the elucidation of the corresponding meanings
has proved more challenging. Beginning with an examination of the
verbal morphology of Modern Standard Arabic, including an evaluation
of the significance of the consonantal root, this volume then
concentrates on establishing the function of the vowel-lengthening
verbal patterns (III and VI). It explores issues of mutuality and
reciprocity, valency and transitivity, ultimately focusing on atelic
lexical aspect as the unified meaning of these patterns. This study is
rich in data and relies extensively upon contemporary examples (with
transliteration and translation) to illustrate its arguments, adopting an
empirical structuralist approach which is aimed both at general
linguists and at specialist Arabists.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Semantics
Syntax
Lexicography
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
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ISBN-13: 9789027286956
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ISBN-13: 9789027215734
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