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Loan Verbs In Arabic And The Do-Construction

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This chapter concerns with the question of how different varieties of Arabic deal with verbal borrowing. Generally speaking, two strategies are involved. The first strategy consists in the morphological integration of a foreign verbal form. The second strategy consists in incorporating a foreign (verbal) noun or verb with the help of a light verb or dummy verb meaning to do; this will be referred to here as the DO-construction. A different terminology is used by Boumans (2007), who discusses the contexts in which borrowing takes place in terms of the social dominant language, i.e. the language to which individual speakers are most exposed in their daily life (2007:291). The use of light verbs with a (verbal) noun does not qualify as alternation in the sense of Muyskens (2000) typology of code-mixing, but unlike the DO-construction with infinitives or inflected verbs, it represents a case of insertion.

Keywords: Arabic; Boumans; code-mixing; DO-construction; inflected verbs; light verb; Muysken



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