Broken plurals in the Muscat dialect of Omani Arabic

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dc.contributor.author Al-Aghbari, Khalsa Hamed en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-04-10T05:59:48Z
dc.date.available 2008-04-10T05:59:48Z
dc.date.copyright 2004 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008-04-10T05:59:48Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/544
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines one of the most intriguing and much studied phenomena in Semitic known as the broken plural formation. It has a twofold goal. It documents the diverse shapes of broken plurals in the Muscat dialect of Omani Arabic. Furthermore, it provides a formal analysis to the shapes and vocalism contained in these word forms within Optimality Theory framework (Prince and Smolensky 1993; McCarthy and Prince 1993a & 1993b). Following proposals by McCarthy (2000), this thesis assumes that the distinction between the singulars and broken plural shapes is better represented as 'affixed mora (p)' attached at a certain locus in broken plural forms. The analysis of the vocalism characterizing broken plural forms addresses two distinct types of fixed vocalism: phonological and specified. Fixed vocalism is demonstrated to result from an interaction between conflicting alignment and CrispEdge constraints (It6 and Mester 1999) together with *Place markedness constraints. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Arabic language -- Dialects -- Oman en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Arabic language -- Number en_US
dc.title Broken plurals in the Muscat dialect of Omani Arabic en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Urbanczyk, Suzanne Claire en_US
dc.degree.department Dept. of Linguistics en_US

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