Loan Verbs in Maltese
Language: en
Pages: 359
Authors: Mifsud
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994 - Publisher: BRILL

Books about Loan Verbs in Maltese
Loan Verbs in Maltese
Language: en
Pages: 339
Authors: Manwel Mifsud
Categories: Foreign Language Study
Type: BOOK - Published: 1995 - Publisher: BRILL

A description of the processes by which, over centuries of large-scale contact, Romance (Old Sicilian and Italian) and English verbs have been integrated to varying degrees into the Arabic structure of Maltese. Loan verbs are analysed and classified into categories ranging from fully naturalised verbs to undigested loans.
Arabic in Contact
Language: en
Pages: 372
Authors: Stefano Manfredi, Mauro Tosco
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-07-10 - Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

The present volume provides an overview of current trends in the study of language contact involving Arabic. By drawing on the social factors that have converged to create different contact situations, it explores both contact-induced change in Arabic and language change through contact with Arabic. The volume brings together leading scholars who address a variety of topics related to contact-induced change, the emergence of contact languages, codeswitching, as well as language ideologies in contact situations. It offers insights from different theoretical approaches in connection with research fields such as descriptive and historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, ethnolinguistics, and language acquisition. It provides the general linguistic public with an updated, cutting edge overview and appreciation of themes and problems in Arabic linguistics and sociolinguists alike.
Multilingual Processing in Eastern and Southern EU Languages
Language: en
Pages: 410
Authors: Cristina Vertan
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-04-25 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This volume draws attention to many specific challenges of multilingual processing within the European Union, especially after the recent successive enlargement. Most of the languages considered herein are not only ‘less resourced’ in terms of processing tools and training data, but also have features which are different from the well known international language pairs. The 16 contributions address specific problems and solutions for languages from south-eastern and central Europe in the context of multilingual communication, translation and information retrieval.
Diglossia and Language Contact
Language: en
Authors: Lotfi Sayahi
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04-24 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This volume provides a detailed analysis of language contact in North Africa and explores the historical presence of the languages used in the region, including the different varieties of Arabic and Berber as well as European languages. Using a wide range of data sets, it provides a comprehensive analysis of the mechanisms of language contact under classical diglossia and societal bilingualism, examining multiple cases of oral and written code-switching. It also describes contact-induced lexical and structural change in such situations and discusses the possible appearance of new varieties within the context of diglossia. Examples from past diglossic situations are examined, including the situation in Muslim Spain and the Maltese Islands. An analysis of the current situation of Arabic vernaculars, not only in the Maghreb but also in other Arabic-speaking areas, is also presented. This book will appeal to anyone interested in language contact, the Arabic language, and North Africa.
Shifts and Patterns in Maltese
Language: en
Pages: 401
Authors: Gilbert Puech, Benjamin Saade
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-12 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

The linguistic description of Maltese has experienced an invigorating renaissance in the last ten years. As an Arabic language with a heavily mixed lexicon, Maltese serves as a laboratory for questions of linguistic variation on all linguistics levels, bilingualism, and language contact. This present volume showcases the variety of up-to-date linguistic research on Maltese. Starting with a tribute to the late David Cohen, influential French Semiticist, the remainder of the book is divided into three parts: Phonology, Morphology & Syntax, and Contact, Bilingualism & Technology. The papers in the phonology section comprise a minimalist representation of Maltese sounds from Gilbert Puech, a detailed account of phonological changes in Maltese based on onomastic data by Andrei Avram, and the description of lengthening as a discourse strategy by Alexandra Vella et. al. The section on morphology and syntax includes both synchronic and diachronic approaches to variation in Maltese. Maris Camilleri provides a detailed formal account of the paradigm in Maltese verbal inflection using a multidimensional model which accounts for subcategorization frame variation. Döhla's contribution traces the development of Differential Object Marking (DOM) in Maltese and draws parallels between similar phenomena in other varieties of Arabic. Wilmsen provides a detailed history of the polar interrogative marker –š in Maltese. The article by Stolz & Saade investigates the variation between long and short independent pronouns in Maltese taking into account phonological factors, text-type, and grammatical person. Lucas & Spagnol tackle the variation of Maltese numerals with respect to phonological and morphological criteria in their study of the connecting /t/. The section on Contact, Bilingualism & Technology starts with Farrugia's description of variation in the assignment of gender for loanwords in Maltese. Comrie & Spagnol place the make-up of the borrowed part of the Maltese lexicon in a wider typology of loanwords in the world's languages. The study by Azzopardi-Alexander gives detailed insights into bilingual practices in Malta, placing usage patterns on a continuum between single language use and different code-switching and code-mixing practices. In the final paper, John Camilleri shows how the computational modelling of Maltese grammar has both theoretical and practical repercussions for the study and teaching of Maltese. As can be gathered from the wide variety of topics presented in this volume, Maltese Linguistics has developed from a subdiscipline of Arabic linguistics to a full academic subject in its own right. This volume presents an ideal introduction to the wide range of linguistic topics Maltese has to offer.
Morphology 2000
Language: en
Pages: 317
Authors: Sabrina Bendjaballah, Wolfgang U. Dressler, Oskar E. Pfeiffer, Maria D. Voeikova
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002-03-22 - Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

This volume focuses on two main topics: comparative morphology (i.e. cross-linguistic analysis, including typology, dialectology and diachrony) and psycholinguistics (i.e. on-line processing, off-line experiments, child language). Since the psycholinguistic papers of this volume consistently refer to issues of grammatical theory and many of the contributions on morphological theory consider psycholinguistic questions, the topics are interconnected. Both inflectional and derivational morphology are dealt with. The volume spans a broad set of languages of the world, such as African, Amerindian, Arabic and Chukotko-Kamchatkan, in addition to the Indo-European languages. This volume differs from the other collective volumes on morphology both by the breadth of topics and by great integration of theoretical and methodological perspectives.
Romania Arabica
Language: de
Pages: 508
Authors: Reinhold Kontzi
Categories: Arabic language
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag

Books about Romania Arabica
History of the Language Sciences / Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaften / Histoire des sciences du langage. 1. Teilband
Language: en
Pages: 1154
Authors: Sylvain Auroux
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000-01-01 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

Writing in English, German, or French, more than 300 authors provide a historical description of the beginnings and of the early and subsequent development of thinking about language and languages within the relevant historical context. The gradually emerging institutions concerned with the study, organisation, documentation, and distribution are considered as well as those dealing with the utilisation of language related knowledge. Special emphasis has been placed on related disciplines, such as rhetoric, the philosophy of language, cognitive psychology, logic and neurological science.
Grammatical Gender in Maltese
Language: en
Pages: 318
Authors: George Farrugia
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-09-10 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

Is grammatical gender merely stored as a syntactic property of nouns, or is it computed according to a noun’s semantic, morphological and phonological properties every time it is required? In many languages, gender appears to resist systematic treatment and can even cause problems for non-native learners. Native speakers of these languages appear to have no difficulty in assigning the correct grammatical gender to thousands of nouns in their language. Being an offshoot of Arabic, Maltese inherited a system comprising two gender categories, masculine and feminine. Numerous nouns were introduced in Maltese through contact with Sicilian and subsequently with Italian, two languages that also have a masculine/feminine-based gender system. However, the more recent contact, with English, seems to have complicated matters. This work investigates how grammatical gender functions in Maltese, how native speakers apply different criteria to classify nouns, and how this choice is reflected in syntactic agreement. It also takes into consideration the wider psycholinguistic context that influences the choice of category, and provides valuable data for theories that seek to explain the linguistic categorization of nouns in various languages.
Complementizer Semantics in European Languages
Language: en
Pages: 910
Authors: Kasper Boye, Petar Kehayov
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-11 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

Complementizers may be defined as conjunctions that have the function of identifying clauses as complements. In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that they have additional functions. Some of these functions are semantic in the sense that they represent conventional contributions to the meanings of the complements. The present book puts a focus to these semantic complementizer functions.
Contemporary Journalistic Maltese
Language: en
Pages: 251
Authors: Edward Fenech
Categories: Foreign Language Study
Type: BOOK - Published: 1978 - Publisher: BRILL

A revision of the author's thesis, University of Leeds.