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The Lexical Semantics of the Arabic Verb
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The Lexical Semantics of the Arabic Verb

Peter John Glanville


This book is an investigation of Arabic derivational morphology that focuses on the relationship between verb meaning and linguistic form. Beginning with the ground form, the book offers a comprehensive analysis of the most common verb patterns of Arabic from a lexical semantic perspective. Peter Glanville explains why verbs with seemingly unrelated meanings share the same phonological shape, and analyses sets of words that contain the same consonantal root to arrive at a common abstraction. He uses both contemporary and historical data to explore the semantics of reflexivity, symmetry, causat ... More

Keywords: Lexical semantics, verb meaning, derivational morphology, Arabic, consonantal root, verb pattern, grammaticalization, analogy, reflexivity, symmetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198792734
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198792734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter John Glanville, author
Assistant Professor of Arabic, University of Maryland, College Park