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The Pronominal System in Standard Arabic: Strong, Clitic and Affixal Pronouns

Abstract This thesis investigates the pronominal system in Standard Arabic. It seeks to unravel the correlation between independent and dependent personal pronouns. Although both pronoun groups are treated as distinct parts of the lexicon, I argue that dependent pronouns are reduced forms derived from the strong counterparts. This study examines how these forms (reduced and non-reduced) relate to one another phonologically and syntactically. Various analytical tools are utilized including vowel harmony, syllable structure as well as some principles of Distributed Morphology and Chomsky's 1995 Minimalist Program. With regard to the phonological relations, I argue that dependent subject pronouns are generated from their parallel strong forms by om... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Albuhayri, Salem (Author) / Gelderen, Elly Van (Advisor) / Adams, Karen (Committee member) / Major, Roy (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Linguistics / Cliticisation / Clitics / Distributed Morphology / Standard Arabic / Syntax
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 97 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. English 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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