Negative sensitive items

Authored by: Ahmad Alqassas

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138783331
eBook ISBN: 9781315147062
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Studies on the syntax of Arabic have produced considerable literature dealing with a number of syntactic phenomena in spoken and Standard Arabic (MSA) such as the syntax of subjects, agreement, the construct state, etc. Other syntactic phenomena such as Negative Sensitive Items (NSIs) have received much less attention within the traditional approaches. There are, however, recent studies, particularly in the generative approach, that have taken up this topic in spoken Arabic. This chapter is an overview of the state of the art on this important category of expressions.

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