The Semantics of Form in Arabic

In the mirror of European languages

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Justice's first aim in this volume is to demystify the Arabic language, which is widely perceived as difficult to learn, and has been characterised as ambiguous and confusingly polysemous. The central concern of this three-dimensional portrait of Classical Arabic is a version of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis that language is a determinant of other aspects of culture. But rather than focusing on the possible influences of language on thought, Justice is intersted in connections between language and language use or langue and parole. Among the topics treated are: the difficulty of Arabic; morphosyntax and Whorfian semantics; the role of duality in Arabic; iconicity; a population profile of vocabulary; the syntactic cut' of Arabic; and the relation between causatives and verbs that ascribe qualities to an object. This erudite and thought-provoking volume will be of interest not only to Arabists but to linguistic anthropologists in general.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 15]  1987.  iv, 417 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
7
Part One: An overview of the language
Chapter 0: Definition of the language of study
11
Chapter 1: The difficulty of Arabic
17
Chapter 2: Thumbnail sketches of Arabic
33
Part Two: Theoretical questions
Chapter 3: The form-use connection
53
Chapter 4: The grammar of duality and the duality of grammar
97
Part Three: Form of the lexicon
Chapter 5: L'Arbitraire du signe
153
Chapter 6: Accumulation
175
Chapter 7: Enantiosemantics
195
Chapter 8: Nouns of manner
217
Part Four: Form in syntax
Chapter 9: The shape of syntax
235
Chapter 10: Pleonasm
277
Chapter 11: Specification
289
Chapter 12: Causatives and ascriptives
363
References
411
Indices
419
“This volume makes important points about Arabic and about how languages acquire their textures.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  87013180