Emirati Arabic: A Comprehensive Grammar offers readers a reference tool for discovering and studying in detail the specific dialect of Arabic spoken in the United Arab Emirates. It covers all major areas of Emirati Arabic grammar, describing in detail its phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic systems. Each grammatical point is illustrated with numerous examples drawn from native Emirati Arabic speakers and is thoroughly discussed providing both accessible and linguistically informed grammatical description.
This book is a useful reference for students of Gulf Arabic and/or Modern Standard Arabic or other Arabic dialects with an interest in the dialect spoken in the UAE, researchers interested in Arabic language and linguistics as well as graduate students and scholars interested in Arabic studies.
Table of Contents Acknowledgments List of Tables List of Figures List of Abbreviations 1 Introduction 1.1 Emirati Arabic 1.2 Triglossia in the UAE 1.3. The Descriptive Approach to Emirati Arabic 1.4 Transcription 1.5. Glossing 1.6. Abbreviations Further Reading 2 Sounds of Emirati Arabic 2.1 Consonants 2.2 Vowels Further Reading 3 Phonological Processes 3.1 Feature-Level Processes 3.2 Segment-Level Processes 3.3 Suprasegmental Processes and Phonotactics Further Reading 4 Morphology and Word Formation 4.1 Non-Linear Morphological Processes 4.2 Affixation 4.3 Reduplication 4.4 Compounding 4.5 Loanwords 4.6 Acronyms, Abbreviations and Blending 4.7 Back Formation 4.8 Conversion Further Reading 5 Syntactic Categories and Parts of Speech 5.1 Nouns 5.2 Verbs 5.3. Adjectives 5.4 Adverbs and Adverbial Expressions 5.5 Prepositions 5.6. Quantification: Numerals and Quantifiers 5.7 Complementizers 5.8 Pronouns Further Reading 6 The Noun Phrase 6.1 Definiteness 6.2 Possession 6.3 Appositives 6.4 Nominal modifiers 6.5 Agreement in the Noun Phrase 6.6 Demonstratives 6.7 Word Order in the Noun Phrase Further Reading 7 The Verb Phrase 7.1 The Copular Structure 7.2 State Verbs 7.3 Experiencer Verbs 7.4 Unergative Verbs 7.5 Unaccusative Verbs 7.6 Ditransitive Verbs 7.7 Existential and Possessive Predicates 7.8 Raising Predicates 7.9 Control Verbs 7.10 Reflexive Verbs 7.11 Complex Predicates 7.12 Causative Verbs 7.13 Passive Verbs 7.14 Complement-taking Verbs Further Reading 8 Aspect 8.1 The Perfective Aspect 8.2 The Imperfective Aspect 8.3 Participles 8.4 Lexical Aspect 8.5 Grammatical Aspect Further Reading 9 Mood and Modality 9.1 Deontic Modality 9.2 Epistemic Modality 9.3 Dynamic Modality 9.4 Modal Adverbs 9.5 Verbs Expressing Modality 9.6 Evidential Modality 9.7 Imperatives 9.8 Counterfactuals 9.9 Hortatives 9.10 Optatives Further Reading 10 Negation 10.1 Verbal Negation 10.2 Non-Verbal Predicate Negation 10.3 The Negative Particle laa 'no' 10.4 The Negative Prefix - laa- 'not' and - eer- 'non-' 10.5 Negative Imperatives 10.6 Negative Coordination 10.7 Negation in Ellipsis 10.8 Negative Polarity Items 10.9 Negative Concord Further reading 11 Word Order 11.1 Subject-Verb (SV) and Verb-Subject (VS) 11.2 Subject-Verb-Object (SVO) 11.3 Double Object Constructions 11.4 Word Order Permutation Further reading 12 Relative Clauses 12.1 Restrictive Relative Clauses 12.2 Nonrestrictive Relative Clauses 12.3 Free Relative Clauses 12.4 Noun Complement Clauses Further Reading 13 Questions 13.1 Yes-No Questions 13.2 Wh-Questions 13.3 Echo Questions 13.4 Embedded Questions 13.5 Rhetorical Questions 13.6 Exclamatives Further Reading 14 Subordination 14.1 Temporal Clauses 14.2 Reason Clauses 14.3 Purpose Clauses 14.4 Conditional Clauses 14.5 Concessive Clauses 14.6 Other Subordinators 14.7 Parentheticals Further Reading 15 Coordination 15.1 Conjunction w-/wa 'and' 15.2 Agreement in Coordination 15.3 Fixed Expressions Formed by w-/wa 15.4 Pragmatic Uses of w-/wa 15.5 Informal Use of w-/wa 15.6 bas 'but' 15.7 Disjunction wela 'or' 15.8 aw 'or' 15.9 fa- 'and then/so' 15.10 Contrastive Coordinator amma 'as for' 15.11 Comparative Coordinator an 'than' 15.12 Negative Coordinator mub 'not' 15.13 Correlatives in Coordination 15.14 Paratactic Coordination Further Reading 16 Ellipsis 16.1 Gapping 16.2 Stripping 16.3 NP Ellipsis 16.4 VP Ellipsis 16.5 PP Ellipsis 16.6 Clausal Ellipsis 16.7 Comparative Deletion 16.8 Sluicing Further Reading 17 Interjections 17.1 Primary Interjections 17.2 Borrowed Interjections 17.3 Secondary Interjections Further Reading 18 Speech Conventions 18.1 Politeness 18.2 Terms of Address 18.3 General Honorific Terms 18.4 Trendy Language Further Reading Glossary of Terms References Index
Tommi Tsz-Cheung Leung is Associate Professor in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University. His research specializes in syntax, phonology, typology, and psycholinguistics. Dimitrios Ntelitheos is Associate Professor in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University. His research interests include the investigation of morphological and syntactic structures from a theoretical perspective, as well as their cross-linguistic realization and their development in child language. Meera Al Kaabi is Assistant Professor and Chair in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University and a visiting academic at New York University Abu Dhabi. Her research interests include neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, language disorders, morphology, and Semitic languages.