Revisiting the morphosyntactic categorization of modals in Jordanian Arabic

Other Title(s)

قراءة نحوية و صرفية مغايرة في التصنيف الفعلي و شبه الفعلي و الجزيئي للتراكيب الدالة على الاحتمال و الضرورة في اللهجة الأردنية

Author

Malahmah, Muhammad Ali

Source

Mu'tah Lil-Buhuth Wad-Dirasat : Humanities and Social Sciences Series

Issue

Vol. 36, Issue 4 (31 Aug. 2021), pp.13-49, 37 p.

Publisher

Mutah University Deanship of Academic Research

Publication Date

2021-08-31

Country of Publication

Jordan

No. of Pages

37

Main Subjects

Arabic Language

Abstract EN

This paper is mainly concerned with delineating the categorical status of Jordanian Arabic modals.

In this regard, the paper defends an alternative perspective of the conventional „verbal, pseudo-verb and particle‟ view of the morphosyntactic categorization of modals in Arabic in general and in JA in particular.

It is proposed therefore that JA modals laazim‟must‟, mumkin/yemkin „may/might‟ and the modal bigdar „can/could‟ belong to an „open/null category‟ and not to any of these conventional categories.

Furthermore, the paper shows that JA modals exhibit inconsistent and noncoherent morphosyntactic behavior.

Based on this fact, it is concluded that JA modals form quite a heterogeneous rather than homogenous group.

Crosslinguistically, the heterogeneity and the proposed open/null category of JA modals lend further evidence to the difficulty to universally define the category of modals on formal grounds (Machova, 2013).

American Psychological Association (APA)

Malahmah, Muhammad Ali. 2021. Revisiting the morphosyntactic categorization of modals in Jordanian Arabic. Mu'tah Lil-Buhuth Wad-Dirasat : Humanities and Social Sciences Series،Vol. 36, no. 4, pp.13-49.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1285558

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Malahmah, Muhammad Ali. Revisiting the morphosyntactic categorization of modals in Jordanian Arabic. Mu'tah Lil-Buhuth Wad-Dirasat : Humanities and Social Sciences Series Vol. 36, no. 4 (2021), pp.13-49.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1285558

American Medical Association (AMA)

Malahmah, Muhammad Ali. Revisiting the morphosyntactic categorization of modals in Jordanian Arabic. Mu'tah Lil-Buhuth Wad-Dirasat : Humanities and Social Sciences Series. 2021. Vol. 36, no. 4, pp.13-49.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1285558

Data Type

Journal Articles

Language

English

Notes

Includes bibliographical references : p. 45-46

Record ID

BIM-1285558