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Everything you always wanted to know about 'äl, yi'ūl 'to say' in egyptian arabic

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This chapter commences with a description of a syntactical point, that is, the introduction of direct and indirect speech in Egyptian Arabic. After some brief remarks on the syntactic behaviour of 'al, yi'ul as a lexical verb, several steps and ramifications in the history of 'al, yi'ul are described based on data collected over the last 40 years from written sources and recordings of rural dialects. Tense, aspect, modality, and negation are normally expressed only once in true serial verb construction (SVC), and only occasionally are both verbs marked for these. SVC verbs should not contain two overt NPs that refer to the same argument. 'al, yi'ul constructions are possible and both verbs may keep their original semantic and syntactical structure. 'al, yi'ul is combined with set phrases such as vocatives or idiomatic expressions, thus enlarging the lexicon of the language.

Keywords: 'al, yi'ul; Egyptian Arabic; rural dialects; serial verb construction (SVC)



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