International Journal for Arabic Linguistics and Literature Studies

Volume 3 - Issue 4 (3) | PP: 229 - 243 Language : English
DOI : https://doi.org/10.31559/JALLS2021.3.4.3
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Serial verbs in modern standard Arabic

Yasir Hameed Alotaibi
Received Date Revised Date Accepted Date Publication Date
19/9/2021 26/10/2021 18/11/2021 23/12/2021
Abstract
This paper aims to discuss serial verb constructions in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It argues against the claim that this structure does not exist in MSA. We examined parallel structures in this paper: being verbs and what is called albadal ‘apposition’ in the traditional grammar of the Arabic language. This paper argues that the first structure should be analyzed as an auxiliary structure that contains two clauses, while the second structure should be analyzed as a serial verb structure as it denotes, among others, a complex situation, shares the same subject, and contains one clause. Finally, this paper provides a brief syntactic analysis for being verbs and serial verbs in MSA within the lexical functional grammar (LFG) framework, showing the differences between the two structures.


How To Cite This Article
Alotaibi , Y. H. (2021). Serial verbs in modern standard Arabic . International Journal for Arabic Linguistics and Literature Studies, 3 (4), 229-243, 10.31559/JALLS2021.3.4.3

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