New PDF release: Arabic Indefinites, Interrogatives, and Negators: A

By David Wilmsen

ISBN-10: 0198718128

ISBN-13: 9780198718123

This e-book lines the origins and improvement of the Arabic grammatical marker š/šī, that's present in interrogatives, negators, and indefinite determiners over a large dialect region that stretches from the southern Levant to North Africa and contains dialects of Yemen and Oman. David Wilmsen attracts on information from outdated vernacular Arabic texts and from numerous Arabic dialects, and indicates that, opposite to a lot of the literature at the diachrony
of this morpheme, š/šī doesn't derive from Arabic šay 'thing'. as an alternative, he argues that it dates again to a pre-Arabic level of West Semitic and doubtless has its origins in a Semitic demonstrative pronoun. in this idea, Arabic šay may perhaps in truth derive from š/šī, and never vice versa.

The e-book demonstrates the importance of the Arabic dialects in figuring out the background of Arabic and the Semitic languages, and claims that glossy Arabic dialects couldn't have constructed from Classical Arabic. it will likely be of curiosity to historic linguists of all persuasions from graduate point upwards, rather all these engaged on Arabic and different Semitic languages.

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