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Title: Adjective order in Arabic
Author: Sabbagh, Abdulmoomin Z. I.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1992
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This thesis is based on a computerized corpus of Modern Standard Arabic. The Oxford Concordance Programme was employed in order to process the data and pick out different functions of the Arabic adjectives. The data is taken from over two thousand two hundred pages of the 20th century Arabic texts. This thesis discusses adjective types, word classes and order when they occur in the same NP or predicatively modifying the same head noun. Reference is also made to adjectives in other languages such as English. A prototypical account for the various types of Arabic adjectives is suggested according to which three main types are postulated : Simple, Participal and Denominal. These types are shown to relate to some syntactic, semantic, and morphological criteria features, which also play an important role in deciding the order of adjectives in Arabic. An argument for an independent adjective word class in Arabic is put forward since the inclusion of Arabic adjectives with nouns by the traditional and by some modern linguists is found to be inadequate. Some new criterial tests with respect to Arabic adjectives have been developed which provide supporting evidence for a separate adjective word class. The denominal adjectives are further investigated and shown to have an infinite number of meanings which can only be determined with respect to a specific modified head N. They are shown to have some nominal characteristics which decide their order when they cooccur with other types of adjectives. It is argued that although Arabic denominal adjectives are morphologically unified since they take one suffix, those derived from concrete bases are not predictable, whereas those derived from quadrilateral abstract bases are predictable.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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