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ERIC Number: ED308707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Morphological Idiosyncracies in Classical Arabic: Evidence Favoring Lexical Representations over Rules.
Miller, Ann M.
A lexical representational analysis of Classical Arabic is proposed that captures a generalization that McCarthy's (1979, 1981) autosegmental analysis misses, namely that idiosyncratic characteristics of the derivational binyanim in Arabic are lexical, not morphological. This analysis captures that generalization by treating all the idiosyncracies uniformly in the lexicon by pre-linking affixes and non-final doubled consonants to their template slots. This approach will simplify the grammar of Arabic as proposed by McCarthy by reducing the number of its rules and conventions. A detailed argument is presented against McCarthy's handling of those words that have exceptional, idiosyncratic characteristics. The argument includes heavy emphasis on the following rules: (1) the Eighth Binyan Flop rule, and (2) the rule of Second, Fifth Binyanim Erasure. (DJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A