Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Amazigh Negative Verb Morphology

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

How Far Does the Variation Go?

This paper provides an Optimality-theoretic account of Amazigh negative verb morphology. With very few exceptions, previous accounts focused more on particles than on the morphology proper. The infixation vs. final ablaut allomorphy and the correspondence between negative and affirmative paradigms have remained so far without proper treatment. Also, by assigning verbs to four paradigms, general descriptions of Amazigh overlook the neutralization of negative verb morphology in some three-paradigm Tashlhit dialects, treated in this paper as an identity avoidance effect, as well as the concomitant variation other Tashlhit dialects exhibit, which shows that Partial Rankings are at play. Also overlooked are the five paradigms of Tarifiyt, Iznassen and Figuig and the use of discontinuous negation due to the Jespersen’s cycle. The latter dialects not only show an extended negative morphology by overtly marking both the preterite and the intensive aorist but they also reinforce negation syntactically. Comparison with non-Moroccan dialects reveals various patterns pertaining to these aspects of negation.

Affiliations: 1: Mohammed V University, Rabat


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Brill's Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation