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Posture Verbs and Aspect: A View from Vernacular Arabic

Camilleri, Maris and Sadler, Louisa (2017) Posture Verbs and Aspect: A View from Vernacular Arabic. In: Proceedings of the LFG '17 Conference, 2017-07-25 - 2017-07-27, Konstanz.

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Abstract

This paper discusses a construction found in contemporary Arabic ver- naculars (but not in Modern Standard Arabic (henceforth MSA)) which con- stitutes an instance of a common grammaticalisation path in which a posture verb with a core lexical meaning of ‘sitting’ has grammaticalised into an ASPECTual marker. We bring together data from a range of dialects and pro- vide substantial evidence of grammaticalisation, in which the active participle (ACT.PTCP) of the ‘sit’ verb has developed a range of ASPECTual senses. Here we concentrate on the PROGRESSIVE interpretation, which exists in all of the vernaculars. We argue that there is also evidence for a further grammaticalisation of the posture verb form into a copula. Our aim is to present a comprehensive cross-dialectal picture of the data and consider synchronic and diachronic aspects from an LFG perspective.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published proceedings: Proceedings of the LFG '17 Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords: grammaticalisation, imperfective cycle, vernacular Arabic, aspect, progressive construction
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 14:38
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21704

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