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The negation maašii in a Yaafi‘i dialect (Yemen)

Abstract : In the Arabic variety of the area of Yafi‘ in Yemen, the so-called nominal negative particle is also often used with verbs. It bears modal values linked to the speaker's subjectivity, among them a contrastive value, and also a polemic attitude of strong opposition, contradiction, denial or rejection of a previous utterance. The process is also known in other Arabic varieties, e.g. in Maltese and Moroccan Arabic, and it even became grammaticalized in the Anatolian varieties of Arabic.
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Martine Vanhove. The negation maašii in a Yaafi‘i dialect (Yemen). Eid, M. et Parkinson, D. (éds.), Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics IX. Papers from the Ninth Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics. Georgetown University, 10-12 mars 1995, Washington, Mar 1996, Amsterdam, Phildalphia, Pays-Bas. pp.195-206. ⟨halshs-00009763⟩

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