Research Repository

A cross dialectal view of the Arabic dative alternation

Camilleri, M and Elsadek, S and Sadler, L (2014) 'A cross dialectal view of the Arabic dative alternation.' Acta Linguistica Hungarica, 61 (1). 3 - 44. ISSN 1216-8076

ALing.2014.61.1.Camillerietal.PROOFS.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (360kB) | Preview


This paper is concerned with the syntax of ditransitive verbs in Arabic.We concentrate on the vernaculars, focussing in particular on three geographically spread dialects: Egyptian Cairene Arabic, the dominant vernacular in Egypt, Hijazi Arabic, spoken in Western Saudi Arabia and Maltese, a mixed language with a Magrebi/Siculo-Arabic stratum. We show that all three exhibit an alternation (the dative alternation) between a ditransitive ('double object') construction and a corresponding prepositional dative construction, and outline a number of differences between these constructions in the different varieties of Arabic. We consider the distribution of verbs exhibiting the dative alternation in the light of Ryding's (2011) observations concerning Modern Standard Arabic.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 15:00
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 18:15

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item