Arabic Language and Linguistics by Reem Bassiouney, E. Graham Katz

By Reem Bassiouney, E. Graham Katz

Arabic, one of many reliable languages of the United countries, is spoken by way of greater than part one billion humans all over the world and is of accelerating value in modern-day political and financial spheres. The examine of the Arabic language has an extended and wealthy historical past: earliest grammatical money owed date from the eighth century and contain complete syntactic, morphological, and phonological analyses of the vernaculars and of Classical Arabic. lately the tutorial examine of Arabic has turn into more and more subtle and large.

This cutting-edge quantity offers the newest examine in Arabic linguistics from a theoretical standpoint, together with computational linguistics, syntax, semantics, and ancient linguistics. It additionally covers sociolinguistics, utilized linguistics, and discourse research by way of concerns reminiscent of gender, urbanization, and language ideology. Underlying issues contain the altering and evolving attitudes of audio system of Arabic and theoretical methods to linguistic edition within the heart East.

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Kamel A. Elsaadany and Salwa Muhammed Shams 20 Syntactically, the NPadjQ and the FQ show dependency accordingly. This means that if the quantifier modification of DP is the same in (1a) and (1b), whether the Q kull-(hum) is DP adjacent or it appears stranded from it, both constructions have the same underlying syntactic structure. The difference in the surface structure in (1a) and (1b) can be captured through the derivational mechanism in (4): NP IP ʼaṭ-ṭulla:b I Q I’ NP kul-u(-hum) V’ ti V VP katab-u: NP ʼad-dars-a This analysis relies upon the VP-internal Subject Hypothesis assumed by Sportiche (1988).

Building on this work, Sorensen and Zitouni (2010) exploited the capabilities of finite state models (Beesley and Karttunen 2003) for Arabic word segmentation. They report in their work that whereas words that were seen previously in their training data and/or their stem and word dictionary were segmented correctly, unknown words were not segmented at all. Thus they added a unigram characterbased model, which was more effective in segmenting words that were not seen in the training data. Statistical and Symbolic Paradigms in Arabic Computational Linguistics 39 Prepositional Attachment Like many other languages, Arabic allows prepositions to attach to nouns or to verbs, which creates syntactic ambiguity.

The subject is dominated at the S node, whereas the direct object is usually dominated by the verb phrase and at the surface level they are separated by the verb and their boundaries are well defined. This is not the case in the VSO sentences in Arabic. The subject and object are at the same level dominated by the verb phrase, and there is nothing that separates the subject and object. ” The correct analysis of (10a) is that the verb is followed by two separate constituents. The first noun phrase is “Obama,” the subject; and the second is the “chief of staff,” which is the direct object.

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