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By Francesco Grande

Morphemes mixed with the Arabic noun are sincerely defined within the literature, yet their interpretation will be just a little nebulous, and a unified scholarly research doesn't as but exist. This ebook proposes a brand new and unified point of view concerning those morphemes, interpreting them as copulae, and the structures within which they happen as cases of predication.
Analyzing morphemes mixed with the Arabic noun as copulae explains lots of their confusing homes (rise and lack of declension, proteiform nature of nunation, etc.). Emphasis is put on info formerly marginalized within the description of those morphemes, from pre-Classical Arabic transmitted through Arab Grammarians, Semitic languages that contributed to the emergence of Arabic via language touch, and approximately 30 languages genetically unrelated to Arabic.

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The equivalent nature of A and C leads Palmer (1954, 27) to claim that the peripheral context in which Bartoli’s Lateral Area Principle is applied is no more than a sociolinguistic case of bilingualism: It is such maps which have led linguists to lay down the principle that marginal areas tend to be archaic. But we must bear in mind that in most countries where such geographical studies of language have been carried out, we find a congeries of local communities organized in a national state where the dialects are exposed to the influence of an all- pervading standard language radiating from a center of culture and administration.

While case is still in need of an explanation in terms of predication analysis. The previous sections have also highlighted that predication analysis has been combined in the literature with another proposal, which will be used here as an additional working hypothesis: the structural similarity between the Arabic modification structure and that found in numeral classifier languages (VII). Predication analysis thus characterized17 has both an advantage and a drawback. The advantage lies in its consistency with two innovative findings in diachronic research on Arabic and Semitic: the archaic nature of Arabic Colloquial varieties (V) and the phenomenon of language contact involved in the emergence of Arabic (VI).

3 The diffusionist and genetic models hold in common the view that the features C (peripheral language) shares with A (center of irradiation) form a coherent and detectable linguistic system. Nonetheless, the former model crucially differs from the latter in that it also characterizes the features not shared by C with A as a coherent and detectable linguistic system (qua fully-fledged language pre-existing irradiation). 1 for a more general comparison between the two models). The equivalent nature of A and C leads Palmer (1954, 27) to claim that the peripheral context in which Bartoli’s Lateral Area Principle is applied is no more than a sociolinguistic case of bilingualism: It is such maps which have led linguists to lay down the principle that marginal areas tend to be archaic.

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