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Dissertation Information

Title: The Syntax of Exclamatives: A study of Arabic Add Dissertation
Author: Mohamed Al-Seghayar Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Essex, BA in English Language & Linguistics Schemes
Completed in: 1997
Linguistic Subfield(s): Syntax;
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
Director(s): Michael Jones

Abstract: Any theory of grammar must make an effort to include accounting for every grammatical aspect of the language for which this grammar is written. When it comes to the types of constructions that any language has, any theory of grammar for this language has to take into account all these types as a traget of analysis and research. Exclamative constructions have been the centre of little attention in transformational grammar both in Arabic and cross-linguistically.

This thesis is a study of the syntax of the main exclamative constructions in both Standard and Classical Arabic in the transformational approach as in Chomsky (1981, 1982, 1986a,b, etc.) among others.

The thesis has eight chapters the first of which is an introduction and the last a conclusion.

Chapter One's objective is twofold: (i) to introduce the problem and define the language or language variety in which the phenomenon exists, (ii)to introduce the reader to the syntax of the language in question focusing briefly on the relevant topics to help uderstand and clarify the issues in the syntax of exclamatives.

The second chapter will give a review of the literature on exclamatives within the transformational generative tradition via a survey of the studies that have dealt with exclamatives in the literature.

Chapter Three tackles the syntax of an exclamative construction known as ma-exclamative in Standard/Classical Arabic from a transformational generative standpoint.

Chapter Four's subject matter deals with another type of exclamative in Arabic referred to as the imperative-exclamative.

Chapter Five is devoted to a third type of exclamative sentence in Arabic terms as kam-exclamatives.

The subject matter of chapter Six is an analysis of a phrasal type of exclamative in Arabic referred to as yaa-exclamative.

Chapter Seven deals with standard transformations such as wh-movement, topicalisation, left dislocation, word order, and embeddig as they interact with the analysis proposed for the four types of exclamative studied in the four previous chapters.

Chapter Eight is a conclusion of the thesis in which an attempt to consolidate the discution in the thesis is made by summarising findings and making suggestions for further research in the topic.