Network Core Mechanisms of Exponence

Fradkin, Robert A. (1991)

Abstract

(= Surrey 37) The components of Arabic verb conjugation are analyzed in terms of marked feature values. Syncretism results from underspecification of values in marked contexts. Thus the t- prefix, found in the masculine 2nd person and feminine 3rd person, is analyzed as [-central] – i.e., not the speaker, whereby it can be further specified for only one of two possible marked values, either [+participant], and hence 2nd person but not feminine, or [+feminine], and hence feminine but not a participant in the speech act (and so 3rd person). Also, the marked moods (subjunctive and jussive) share many forms with each other while the indicative remains relatively distinct.

Fradkin:1991
authorFradkin, Robert A.
year1991
titleMarking, markedness, and person-gender-number patterning in the Arabic tenses and moods
entrytypearticle
journalFolia Linguistica
volume25
pages609-664

BibTeX

@article{Fradkin:1991,
    author = {Fradkin, Robert A.},
    year = {1991},
    title = {Marking, markedness, and person-gender-number patterning in the Arabic tenses and moods},
    journal = {Folia Linguistica},
    volume = {25},
    pages = {609-664},
}
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