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|Title: ||A description of 'aspectual' phenomena in Arabic|
|Authors: ||Sitrak, Sami J.|
|Supervisors: ||Roberts, D.|
|Issue Date: ||1986|
|Abstract: ||The present work is mainly concerned with a description of
the morphological and syntactic analyses of the predicative aspectual
phenomena in Modern Standard Arabic using Axiomatic Functionalism
as its theoretical framework.
The thesis consists of an introduction, three major parts, and
a conclusion. The introduction deals with a brief overview of the
Axiomatic Functionalist theory. Part one, which comprises four
chapters, offers a brief account of the theoretical background of this
work as well as presenting the predicative (verbal and non-verbal)
aspectual phenomena in MSA. Chapter I discusses the term 'aspect',
and the relation between lexical and grammatical aspect. Chapter II
discusses the Arabic language, particularly the category of 'aspect'.
Chapter III discusses the interaction between punctuality and aspect.
Chapter IV is exclusively devoted to methodology; it explains an
explanation of the essential and relevant theoretical notions in grammar,
uniting the description to the theory. It also provides a step-by-step
application of successive criteria for discriminating between
morphological complexes and syntactic complexes.
The second part (Chaps. V & VI), deals with morphological
analysis. Chapter V analyses the category of verb in Arabic. For this
purpose the following paradigms are set up: Verb-root, Aspect, Voice,
Person, Gender, and Number. Each of these contains monemes which
which are constituents of the verbal entity. These monemes commute
with each other yielding a difference in the message conveyed. The
chapter concludes that entities of the verb category in Arabic may
contain the constituent monemes verb-root,
first person, second person, third person, masculine,
singular, dual, and plural. Chapter VI deals with the
realisational as pect of the constituent monemes of the complex pleremes
in chapter V. It also deals with the distribution of the allomorphs of
the constituent monemes in question.
Part three (Chaps. VII - IX), deals with the syntactic
description of the aspectual phenomena in MSA. Chapter VII sets up
the distributional unit (model) which accounts for the relations within
the VPB syntagm. This chapter tests the adequacy of the model by
establishing all the VPB syntagms which map onto it. These syntagms
vary according to the type of the verbal nucleus in each of them,
(transitive or intransitive and of what kind). It further deals with
types of non-verbal nucleus I
and the realisations of the predicative
based syntagms (verbal and non-verbal). Chapter VIII deals in detail
with the syntactic relations within the predicative syntagms. It also
deals with the syntactic structures of various as pectual phenomena in
MSA. Chapter IX discusses the syntactic relation within the functional
syntagm in MSA which may form an immediate constituent in a
predicative based syntagm.
A final brief 'Conclusion' points out the need for further research
and development in Axiomatic Functionalism in the field of "semantic
|Publisher: ||University of St Andrews|
|Appears in Collections:||Arabic Theses|
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