Passive formation in Palestinian and Standard Arabic: Lexical vs. syntactic operations

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This study compares the formation of passive verbs in Modern Standard Arabic and Palestinian Arabic. It examines the morphological differences between the two types of verb formation, arguing that they result from the component of the grammar where passivization takes place, the lexicon and the syntax. It addition, the paper examines gaps in passive formation in Palestinian Arabic showing that these gaps are not always accidental but can be explained by morphological criteria and can be accounted for only in a word based view.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-180
Number of pages25
JournalWord Structure
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2013

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Funding Information:
1. This research was supported by THE ISRAEL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (grant No. 44/05), given to Julia Horvath and Tal Siloni. I would like to thank Outi Bat-El, Tal Siloni, Julia Horvath, Ruth Berman, Bracha Nir and anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments and suggestions.

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