25.4325, Books: Arabic Indefinites, Interrogatives, and Negators: Wilmsen

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Subject: 25.4325, Books: Arabic Indefinites, Interrogatives, and Negators: Wilmsen

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Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:54:24
From: Helena Palmer [helena.palmer at oup.com]
Subject: Arabic Indefinites, Interrogatives, and Negators: Wilmsen

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Title: Arabic Indefinites, Interrogatives, and Negators 
Subtitle: A Linguistic History of Western Dialects 
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics  

Publication Year: 2014 
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198718123.do 


Author: David Wilmsen

Hardback: ISBN:  9780198718123 Pages: 264 Price: U.K. £ 65


Abstract:

This book traces the origins and development of the Arabic grammatical marker
š/šī, which is found in interrogatives, negators, and indefinite determiners
over a broad dialect area that stretches from the southern Levant to North
Africa and includes dialects of Yemen and Oman. David Wilmsen draws on data
from old vernacular Arabic texts and from a variety of Arabic dialects, and
shows that, contrary to much of the literature on the diachrony of this
morpheme, š/šī does not derive from Arabic šay 'thing'. Instead, he argues
that it dates back to a pre-Arabic stage of West Semitic and probably has its
origins in a Semitic demonstrative pronoun. On this theory, Arabic šay could
in fact derive from š/šī, and not vice versa.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                     Morphology
                     Sociolinguistics
                     Syntax

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)

Language Family(ies): West Semitic


Written In: English  (eng)

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