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Mostly hidden from view" or simply not there? A fresh look at case inflection in Standard Arabic

Lecture, Research profile seminar

Lecture within the research area Linguistic Structures, arranged by the Department of Languages and Literatures. All interested are welcome!

Case inflection (CI) has traditionally been regarded as a core part of the grammar of Standard Arabic, and nouns and adjectives are generally described as being inflected for case by default. In practice, however, CI is only applied in a very limited set of situations in most forms of written and spoken Standard Arabic. In this talk, I present a novel interpretation of CI in Standard Arabic, according to which it is seen as being governed by a two-layered system of rules. The first, largely uncodified layer specifies whether CI is to be applied, and the second layer specifies the form of the case marking morpheme, if it is to be applied according with the first layer. Grammars and grammatical descriptions of Standard Arabic have generally focused only on the second layer of rules, treating the omission of CI as haphazard deviations, despite it being far more common than overt CI in most registers. This alternative model of CI in Standard Arabic has advantages over the traditional accounts of CI in that it simplifies the grammatical description and reflects empirically observed linguistic conventions.

Date: 20 February 2020

Lecturer: Andreas Hallberg, University of Gothenburg

Date: 2/20/2020

Time: 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Categories: Humanities, Research, Language, Linguistics

Organizer: institutionen för språk och litteraturer

Location: Faculty of Arts, Lundgrensgatan 1B
F412

Contact person: Evie Coussé och Laura Downing

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