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Title: Conditional sentences in modern standard Arabic and the Taif dialect
Author: Alotaibi, Yasir
ISNI:       0000 0004 4692 2721
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2014
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Abstract:
The objective of this thesis is to provide a description and analysis for conditional sentences and relative clauses that express conditional meanings in Modern Standard Arabic and the Taif Dialect. It argues that the conditional sentence that is introduced by the conjunction ?in in Modern Standard Arabic is always a real conditional, whereas the conditional sentence that is introduced by the conjunction law is an unreal conditional. In addition, the thesis suggests that the apodosis in the Taif Dialect plays a main role in identifying the type of conditional. In this case, if the apodosis contains kiin or yikiin, the conditional is unreal. Otherwise, the conditional sentence is real. Also, the thesis argues that the conditional sentence is a complex sentence that has two clauses, a subordinate clause and matrix clause. The subordinate clause is introduced by the conditional conjunction and expresses the condition while the matrix clause gives the result. The subordinate or the protasis is analysed as an adjUIict in this thesis and the thesis provides evidence for the adjunct analysis. Also, the thesis discusses relative clauses that express conditional meaning in both Modern Standard Arabic and the Taif Dialect. There are three types ofrelative clauses that can express conditional meaning, namely, a restrictive relative clause, headless relative clause and free relative clause. In the restrictive relative clause, the relative clause is introduced by the relative pronoun allagiin Modern Standard Arabic and all-i. in the Taif Dialect. The head noun and the relative clause provides the condition while the main clause gives the result. Similarly, the relative clause is introduced by the same relative pronouns in the headless relative clause in both dialects and expresses the condition and the main clause the result. Also, the free relative clause gives the condition and the main clause the result. However, there are two types of free relative clauses that express conditional meanings. In the first type, the free relative clause functions as an argument, whereas it functions as an adjunct in the second type. The conditional sentence and the relative clause construction will be analysed within the framework of Lexical Functional Grammar in this thesis. Conditional constructions in Modern Standard Arabic are briefly discussed in the literature while conditional constructions in the Taif Dialect has not been studied before.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.653064  DOI: Not available
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