Chapter published in:Arabic in Contact
Edited by Stefano Manfredi and Mauro Tosco
[Studies in Arabic Linguistics 6] 2018
► pp. 251–274
On the relationship between Arabic Foreigner Talk and Pidgin Arabic
The paper compares morphosyntactic and lexical features of the Arabic Foreigner Talk register to those of four Arabic-lexifier pidgins, Pidgin Madame, Jordanian Pidgin Arabic, Romanian Pidgin Arabic, and Gulf Pidgin Arabic. The comparative overview identifies a relatively significant number of features which Arabic Foreigner Talk shares with all or with at least some of these Arabic-lexifier pidgins. The paper proposes an account in terms of a feedback relationship whereby Arabic Foreigner Talk and Pidgin Arabic reinforce one another in the occurrence of these features.
- 2.1‘Two’ + singular noun
- 2.2Plural marker ‘all’
- 2.3Omission of the definite article
- 2.4Masculine singular form of adjectives
- 2.5Exclusive use of independent pronouns
- 2.6 Masculine singular form of demonstratives
- 2.7 Invariant form of verbs
- 2.8Light verb ‘make’ + noun/adjective/verb
- 2.9Reliance on context or on time adverbials
- 2.10Multifunctional fi/fī
- 2.11Omission of prepositions
- 3.1Lexical polysemy
- 3.3English lexical items
Published online: 10 July 2018
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