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sentential negation in moroccan arabic

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sentential negation in moroccan arabic

slime, taha (2017) sentential negation in moroccan arabic. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

In this thesis I analyze the distribution of negative markers in sentential negation in Moroccan
Arabic . Moroccan Arabic uses two negative markers to denote sentential negation: one in a preverbal
position-ma, and another one following the verb-sh.
I propose a structure based on the assumption that Moroccan Arabic has two NegPs. The lower
NegP hosts ma in its Spec and the higher NegP is the position where sh moves. Moreover, I
propose that ma is a clitic that left adjoins to the verb once the verb is in a c-commanding position
(following Boˇskovi´c’s 2002 view on clitics).
This analysis is successful at accounting for the distribution of negative markers in verbal and
verbless sentences, and also at solving the problems exhibited by the previous analyses of bipartite
negation (Pollock 1989, Rowlett 1998, Benmamoun 1997, Bell 2004).
Furthermore, the same structure also accounts for the syntax of negative sentences containing
N-words, under the assumption that sh and N-words cannot co-occur because they compete for the
same position, namely the spec of the higher NegP.
Finally, to account for the syntax of negative sentences that carry metalinguistic negation, I
propose that the negators are in the CP field, rather than within the TP (following Martins’s 2014
view on metalinguistic negation in European Portuguese). This analysis is successful at accounting
for the distribution of metalinguistic negators in both verbal and verbless sentences.

Divisions:Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies > Individualized Program
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:slime, taha
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Individualized Program
Date:31 August 2017
Thesis Supervisor(s):Isac, Daniela and Reiss, Charles and Bale, Alan
ID Code:982959
Deposited By: TAHA SLIME
Deposited On:09 Nov 2017 20:46
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:56
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