Chapter published in:Arabic in Contact
Edited by Stefano Manfredi and Mauro Tosco
[Studies in Arabic Linguistics 6] 2018
► pp. 38–52
Syntactic outcomes of contact in Sason Arabic
In this paper, we discuss a number of morphosyntactic properties of Sason Arabic, which could be strongly argued to be due to contact with the neighboring languages, some of which have head-final properties. We argue that Sason Arabic patterns with both its Arabic neighbors and the typologically different surrounding, and sociolinguistically dominant languages, particularly Kurdish and Turkish. We aim to show that syntactic constructions in contact contexts can provide important insights into the nature of the contact and the history of the language and its speakers.
Keywords: Sason Arabic, language contact, copula, (in)definiteness marking
Published online: 10 July 2018
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