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Existential and Negative Existential Constructions in Arabic: Typology and Syntax


This dissertation investigates the copular/locative and existential predications in Arabic. The main focus is on the typology and syntax of the existential predications. The negation of such predications reveals interesting results. The Negative Existential Cycle (Croft, 1991) is a model that describes the process by which verbal negators arise from existential negators. I discuss data of existentials and negative existentials from Standard Arabic, Saudi Arabic dialect, and Gulf Pidgin Arabic.

I argue for canonical vs. non-canonical word orders in copular/locative and existential sentences, respectively. I examine the grammaticalization path of the existentials from their locative content in each language form. Then, I investigat... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Alsaeedi, Mekhlid (Author) / van Gelderen, Elly (Advisor) / Adams, Karen (Committee member) / Pruitt, Kathryn (Committee member) / Veselinova, Ljuba (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Linguistics / Grammaticalization / Gulf Pidgin Arabic / Inverse Copular Construction / Negative Existential Cycle / Saudi Arabic / Standard Arabic
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 158 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation English 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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