Arabic Nonconcatenative Morphology in Construction Morphology

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Part of the Studies in Morphology book series (SUMO, volume 4)

Abstract

This chapter examines nonconcatenative morphology of Arabic with a particular focus on its templatic nature. While much of the past research on Arabic templatic morphology has centered on the verbal system, our discussion largely takes up the nonverbal templatic morphology of Arabic including the comparative, nouns of profession, and the diminutive. In developing formal analyses of these constructions we specifically address the question of how the prosodic templates that characterize Arabic morphology are incorporated into the schema of CxM. We also briefly touch upon the implication that the construction analysis might have on two (opposing) approaches to Arabic morphology, root-based vs. word-based, given that some templatic constructions in Arabic seem to require the consonantal root as its base. The goal of this chapter, then, is not only to make known the fuller extent of Arabic templatic morphology (i.e. beyond the verbal system), but also to show advantages of approaching these prosodic issues in construction terms.

Keywords

Root-based morphology Root-and-pattern morphology Stem modification Templatic morphology Word-based morphology 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Adam Albright, William Croft, and Sara Sowers-Wills for valuable discussion on various aspects of this chapter. We also thank the editor Geert Booij and an anonymous reviewer for their input.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of East Asian Languages and CulturesIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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