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On issues of Arabic syntax: An essay in syntactic argumentation

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This review essay aims to present a range of syntactic facts from Arabic dialects as discussed in The Syntax of Arabic, provide an evaluative discussion of the authors' analyses of these facts, and, when needed, offer potential alternative accounts. More specifically, the essay focuses on a number of syntactic phenomena as varied as clause structure, word order alternation, the subject-verb agreement asymmetry, patterns of sentential negation, strategies for wh-question-formation, as well as their implications for general linguistic analysis. It is hoped that this review represents an example of the kind of syntactic argumentation and debate expected to be engendered by The Syntax of Arabic, and as such contributes to the ongoing research agenda on issues of Arabic syntax, which should be of empirical and theoretical value not only to Arabic linguists, but to typologists and syntacticians at large.


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