Edited by Bridget Drinka
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 350] 2020
► pp. 454–471
The future markers in Palestinian Arabic:
Internal or external motivation for language change?
The main objective of this research is to explore the factors involved in the variable formation of the future in Palestinian Arabic (PA), and to examine whether it represents a case of ongoing grammatical change. The results show that middle-aged and younger Jaffan and Gazan speakers living in Gaza express future time reference in ways that are absent in the Jaffan dialect still spoken in Jaffa and are also not characteristic of the speech of older Jaffan and Gazan speakers in Gaza. Middle-aged and younger Gazans and Jaffans living in Gaza primarily express ‘future’ within the verbal paradigm by means of a prefix ḥa- attached to the non-past stem. The study concludes that both internal and external factors are involved in the development of the future marker in PA.