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Title: A nonlinear analysis of some aspects of the phonolgy and nonconcatenative morphology of Arabic : Moroccan sedentary dialect of Rabat
Author: Benkaddour, Abdefettah
ISNI:       0000 0004 2743 1994
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1982
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The main body of the thesis consists of three parts with fifteen chapters in all. The Linguistic approach in the first part is based on the Standard Theory as presented in Chomsky and Halle (1968). The other two parts offer a nonlinear analysis of the phonology and morphology of Moroccan Arabic. The two most important versions of nonlinear theory are the Metrical and the Autosegmental with the topics of prosodic structure and interaction between prosody and phonology included in the former. First Part (Chapters I - V), which is an. introductory part, consists of a historical inquiry into the origins and nature of Modern Sedentary dialects of Arabic. The inquiry centers around elucidation of two major areas: - The linguistic situation of Arabia (3rd - 6th C.A.D.). - The phonological and morphological features of the spoken Koine from which Modern Sedentary dialects are believed to have developed. Second Part (Chapters VI - IX) is a metrical analysis of the prosodic structure in Arabic. It examines the interaction between stress and syllable weight, along the lines presented in Liberman and Prince (1977). A revised version of this theory based on works by Halle and Vergnaud (1978), McCarthy (1979) and Hayes (1979) is applied to word-stress assignment in the Moroccan Arabic dialect of Rabat. This part also gives a metrical representation of syllable-initial bi-consonant clusters, and offers a solution to some phonotactic constraints of Rabati. Third Part (Chapters X - XV) consists of two major sections. Section one (Chapters X - XII) analyses the importance of prosody in the application of certain phonological rules such as Syncope and Epenthesis. An attempt is also made to account for the dual behaviour of geminates. Section two (Chapters XIII - XV) shows how McCarthy's (1981b) version of Autosegmental theory can be applied to some aspects of Nonconcatenative morphology of Moroccan Arabic. It attempts to describe the permutations of consonants and vowels in the formation of Triliteral and Quadriliteral verb classes.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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