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Essays in Arabic Dialectology


Noureddine Guella

This volume brings together a number of previously published papers, which reflect a middle-of-the-road approach in Linguistic Analysis. The first part contains articles dealing with major grammatical techniques and strategies in Arabic dialects: articles on syllabication, stress and intonation in an urban Arabic dialect as well as on lexical borrowing. The second part deals with linguistic substitution as verbal dynamism, and with riddles and riddling in an Algerian context.
Ce volume est un ensemble des articles déjà publiés dans le domaine de l’analyse linguistique. La méthodologie suivie est structural-fonctionnaliste. La première partie contient deux articles traitant de sujets de dialectologie arabe, entre autres l’utilisation des marqueurs de la possession dans des dialectes arabes du Maghreb et de la Péninsule Arabique, les diverses structures syllabiques, l’accent et les contours d’intonation dans un dialecte arabe urbain. La deuxième partie s’occupe des énigmes en contexte algérien et deux autres articles sur la suppléance linguistique en arabe dialectal.
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On relative clause-formation in Arabic dialects of the Maghreb


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On relative clause formation in Arabic dialects of the Maghreb*

Abstract: This paper exhibits some techniques involved in the formation of a few relative clause structures in some Arabic dialects in northwestern areas of the Maghreb. The analysis yields diverse yet semantically equivalent structures which underlie and reflect a dialectal dynamism.

Key words: Arabic dialects of the Maghreb – relative clauses – relative clause introducers – semantically equivalent structures.

Résumé : L’article exhibe plusieurs structures de propositions relatives présentes dans quelques dialectes arabes maghrébins. Le résultat est une grande variété de structures sémantiquement équivalentes. Cette diversité témoigne d’une dynamique dialectale telle que seule une influence linguistique et un brassage de structures peuvent en constituer les soubassements.

Mots-clés : Dialectes arabes maghrébins - propositions relatives - introducteurs de propositions relatives –structures sémantiquement équivalentes

1. Introduction

Arabic dialects of the Maghreb have received a great deal of attention. These dialects come in various names and are generally classified as either rural (or Bedouin) or urban, with sometimes ‘hybrid’ varieties catching the attention of dialectologists, even if it’s from a historical perspective (cf. the works of Christophe Pereira [2004; 2006; 2007] concerning the Tripolitan dialect of Arabic).

In the present article, the expression ‘Arabic dialect’ is used in a loose way and in a very general context. Obviously, not all Arabic dialects are ← 15 | 16 → concerned by this study, and many...

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