International Journal for Arabic Linguistics and Literature Studies

Volume 4 - Issue 1 (3) | PP: 37 - 52 Language : English

Adjectives in Arabic

Yasir Hameed Alotaibi
Received Date Revised Date Accepted Date Publication Date
24/12/2021 23/1/2022 16/2/2022 31/5/2022
The main aim of this paper is to describe the main adjectival constructions in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It contributes a new analysis of an adjectival construction in MSA that was analysed in traditional grammar as a special postnominal adjectival construction, called the unreal adjectival construction. We argue that it is an example of prenominal adjectival constructions in MSA. We also provide a new analysis of the prenominal construction, suggesting that the adjective modifies the following noun, and this noun is the subject of the adjective. Moreover, we provide an analysis of predicate adjectives in MSA, whether with or without a copula, arguing that the single-tier analysis in Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG) is the appropriate analysis for predicate adjectival constructions in MSA. Additionally, this paper shows the similarities and differences between adjectival words and participial words, which are both used as modifiers in MSA.

How To Cite This Article
Alotaibi , Y. H. (2022). Adjectives in Arabic. International Journal for Arabic Linguistics and Literature Studies, 4 (1), 37-52, 10.31559/JALLS2022.4.1.3

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