The Phonology and Morphology of Arabic by Janet C. E. WatsonThe Phonology and Morphology of Arabic by Janet C. E. Watson

The Phonology and Morphology of Arabic

byJanet C. E. Watson

Paperback | November 1, 2007

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This book is the first comprehensive account of the phonology and morphology of Arabic. It is a pioneering work of scholarship based on the author's research in the region. Arabic is a Semitic language spoken by some 250 million people in an area stretching from Morocco in the West to parts of Iran in the East. Apart from its great intrinsic interest, the importance of the language for phonological and morphological theory lies, as the author shows, in its richroot-and-pattern morphology and its large set of guttural consonants. Dr Watson focuses on two eastern dialects, Cairene and San'ani. Cairene is typical of an advanced urban Mediterranean dialect and has a cultural importance throughout the Arab world; it is also the variety learned by most foreignspeakers of Arabic. San'ani, spoken in Yemen, is representative of a conservative peninsula dialect. In addition the book makes extensive reference to other dialects as well as to classical and Modern Standard Arabic.The volume opens with an overview of the history and varieties of Arabic, and the position of Arabic within Semitic. Dialectal differences and similarities are discussed in successive chapters which cover the phoneme system and the representation of phonological features; the syllable andsyllabification; word stress; derivational morphology; inflectional morphology; lexical phonology; and post-lexical phonology. The Phonology and Morphology of Arabic will be of great interest to Arabists and comparative Semiticists, as well as to phonologists, morphologists, and linguists moregenerally.
Janet C. E. Watson has held lectureships in Arabic at the universities of Edinburgh, Durham, and Salford, and has also taught at the University of Manchester. She travels regularly to the Middle East and has spent extended periods of time in Yemen and Egypt. A fluent speaker of Yemeni Arabic, her recent research work has concentrated ...
Title:The Phonology and Morphology of ArabicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.74 inPublished:November 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Phoneme System of Arabic3. Phonological Features4. Syllable Structure and Syllabification5. Word Stress6. Morphology7. Morphology 28. Lexical Phonology9. Post-Lexical Phonology10. EmphasisReferencesIndex of AuthorsIndex of Subjects

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