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By Robert R. Ratcliffe

The formal features of non-concatenative morphology have bought substantial consciousness in recent times, however the diachronic dimensions of such structures were little explored. the present paintings applies a contemporary methodological and theoretical framework to a vintage challenge in Arabic and Semitic historic linguistics: the hugely allomorphic procedure of ‘stem-internal’ or ‘broken’ plurals. It exhibits that widely-accepted perspectives in regards to the historic improvement of the program are untenable and provides a brand new hypothesis.
The first bankruptcy lays out a strategy for comparative-historical examine in morphology. the following chapters current an research of Arabic morphology in accordance with modern formal linguistic ways, and applies this research to the noun plural approach. bankruptcy 4 exhibits that neither semantic shift nor ablaut-type sound switch account effectively for the knowledge. The 5th bankruptcy bargains a scientific comparability of the plural structures of Semitic languages, incorporating a lot new examine at the languages of South Arabia and Ethiopia. bankruptcy Six proposes a brand new reconstruction.

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