Left Dislocation in Arabic : the complexity of form and meaning

Andrason, Alexander (2016)

CITATION: Andrason, A. 2016. Left Dislocation in Arabic : the complexity of form and meaning. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus, 50:111-138, doi:10.5842/50-0-719.

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This paper studies the complexity of L(eft) D(islocation). It demonstrates that the function that is crosslinguistically associated with LD is conveyed in Arabic by a set of LD constructions. In the analyzed corpus, these constructions belong to two main types: Clitic LD and Subject LD. Some LD constructions formally and/or functionally overlap with other grammatical categories, especially with fronting. Overall, the absence of a feature proposed for the LD prototype does not imply that a new category, different from LD, must be postulated. The overlap between LD and fronting is explained as a typical effect of language complexity, which can be dealt with if the system of forms and meanings is understood as fuzzy.

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