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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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Preface and Acknowlegements


There have been huge descriptive advances in the field of Arabic dialectology, covering practically all the domains of linguistic analysis – phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics - but these advances remain loosely scattered. I am absolutely convinced that these works will provide an immense insight and incentive to global research, were they to be integrated into a larger study of Arabic linguistics, and more specifically into a more cross-linguistic description of Arabic dialectal phenomena.

The present volume, which unfortunately does not itself purport to entirely fill this gap, aims at enriching the field of Arabic dialectology. At least in one instance, it tries to analyze one specific phenomenon (possession) in light of the realizations on the ground of a wide Arabic linguistic area. This instance is a perfect illustration of cross-linguistic description which, it is believed, will provide a positive thrust and a more global influence in the field of Arabic dialects studies.

The volume, comprising two separate parts, brings together a number of previously published papers written during the past few years. The articles are in English and French, and reflect on the whole a middle-of-the-road approach, avoiding speculations and controversial issues or proposals. The first part, titled ‘Dialectology’, contains four articles. The first article, ‘On relative clause-formation in Arabic dialects of the Maghreb’, describes some of the important relative clause markers in Arabic and some techniques involved in the formation of a few relative clause structures in some Arabic dialects in northwestern...

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