LINGUIST List 23.2722

Wed Jun 13 2012

Diss: Standard Arabic/Morphology/Syntax/Text/Corpus Ling: Moshref: 'Corpus Study of Tense, Aspect, and Modality in Diglossic Speech in Cairene Arabic'

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Date: 13-Jun-2012
From: Ola Moshref <omoshrefgmail.com>
Subject: Corpus Study of Tense, Aspect, and Modality in Diglossic Speech in Cairene Arabic
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Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Program: Department of Linguistics Dissertation Status: Completed Degree Date: 2012

Author: Ola Ahmed Moshref

Dissertation Title: Corpus Study of Tense, Aspect, and Modality in Diglossic Speech in Cairene Arabic

Dissertation URL: https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/31159

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics                             General Linguistics                             Morphology                             Sociolinguistics                             Syntax                             Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb) Language Family(ies): Semitic
Dissertation Director:
Elabbas Benmamoun Marina Terkourafi Rakesh Bhatt Eyamba Bokamba
Dissertation Abstract:

Morpho-syntactic features of Modern Standard Arabic mix intricately withthose of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic in ordinary speech. I study thelexical, phonological and syntactic features of verb phrase morphemes andconstituents in different tenses, aspects, moods. A corpus of over 3000phrases was collected from religious, political/economic and sportsinterviews on four Egyptian satellite TV channels. The computationalanalysis of the data shows that systematic and content morphemes from bothvarieties of Arabic combine in principled ways. Syntactic considerationsplay a critical role with regard to the frequency and direction ofcode-switching between the negative marker, subject, or complement on onehand and the verb on the other. Morph-syntactic constraints regulatedifferent types of discourse but more formal topics may exhibit more mixingbetween Colloquial aspect or future markers and Standard verbs.



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