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Yod-dropping in b-imperfect verb forms ?in Amman

Al-Wer, E (2014) 'Yod-dropping in b-imperfect verb forms ?in Amman.' In: Khamis-Dakwar, R and Froud, K, (eds.) Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XXVI: Papers from the annual symposium on Arabic Linguistics. New York, 2012. John Benjamins, 29 - 44. ISBN 9789027200303

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This article presents analysis of data from the emerging dialect of Amman within the framework of ?dialect contact? and ?new dialect formation? (Trudgill, 1986, 2004). In particular, it focuses on the conjugation of 3rd person singular and plural verb forms with or without /j/. The dialect of Amman can be described as the output of contact between speakers of two major dialect groups: Jordanian and Palestinian. In both groups of dialects, the imperfective takes the form b + Imperfect form, but whereas in Jordanian dialects Yod is dropped from the stem in the b-imperfect form in all environments, in Palestinian dialects it is dropped in open syllables only. The analysis reveals two important innovative patterns of conjugation: (i) Yod is dropped everywhere except where it carries ?person? information, and (ii) in hamza-initial verbs (?glottal-initial verbs? such as /?akal/ ?to eat?) speakers with Jordanian heritage introduce a new form for 1st person singular and reallocate an existing form to the 3rd person singular masculine.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Enam Al-Wer
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 14:16
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:43

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