LINGUIST List 30.4385

Tue Nov 19 2019

Books: A Multi-locus Analysis of Arabic Negation: Alqassas

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Date: 07-Nov-2019
From: Anna Glazier <Anna.Glaziereup.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: A Multi-locus Analysis of Arabic Negation: Alqassas
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Title: A Multi-locus Analysis of Arabic Negation
Subtitle: Micro-variation in Southern Levantine, Gulf and Standard Arabic
Series Title: Edinburgh Studies in Theoretical Linguistics
Published: 2019
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
                www.edinburghuniversitypress.com

Book URL: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-a-multi-locus-analysis-of-arabic-negation.html

Author: Ahmad Alqassas
Hardback: ISBN: 9781474433143 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 75
Abstract:

This book studies the micro-variation in the syntax of negation of Southern Levantine, Gulf and Standard Arabic. By including new and recently published data that support key issues for the syntax of negation, the book challenges the standard parametric view that negation has a fixed parametrized position in syntactic structure. It particularly argues for a multi-locus analysis with syntactic, semantic, morphosyntactic and diachronic implications for the various structural positions. Thus accounting for numerous word order restrictions, semantic ambiguities and pragmatic interpretations without complicating narrow syntax with special operations, configurations or constraints.

Key Features

* Data from Southern Levantine, Gulf and Standard Arabic shed light on word order contrasts in negative clauses and their interaction with tense/aspect, mood/modality, semantic scope over adverbs, and negative sensitive items

* New data challenging the standard claim in Arabic linguistics literature that negation has a fixed parametrized position in the clause structure

* Non-parametric analysis challenging the parametric view of cross-linguistic negation studies and supporting a multi-locus analysis

Available in North America from our distributor, Oxford University Press

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Pragmatics
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)

Written In: English (eng)

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