The Word Stress of Najdi Arabic: An Optimality-Theoretic Analysis

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Februar 2015



In this piece of research, the universal constraints that can determine the location of stress are uniquely ranked in order to account for the word stress patterns of Najdi Arabic. As for the methodology, I conducted interviews with ten native speakers of Najdi Arabic who were asked twenty personal questions. The interviewees' responses were recorded, and the words collected were classified into four categories: monosyllabic, disyllabic, trisyllabic, and polysyllabic. Stress was examined on each category separately; the result of the observation is what is called in this study the stress patterns of Najdi Arabic; the authenticity of these stress patterns was checked by consulting previous studies concerned with stress in Najdi Arabic. After holding interaction between the universal constraints, the following hierarchy is resulted: "{Lx= Pr, SYLLABLE-INTEGRITY, PARSE-Sµµµ, *MONOMORAIC, TROCHAIC} {NONFINAL, MAIN-RIGHT} {ALL-FEET-RIGHT, PARSE-Sµ(µ), Fµµ,} {ALL-FEET-LEFT}." It turned out that this hierarchy is able to predict the word stress of Najdi Arabic accurately.


Anas Al-Dweikat is a Jordanian linguist. He was born in Jordan in 1985. In 2014, he earned his master's degree in linguistics from Yarmouk University, Jordan. Currently, he works as a full-time English language lecturer at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia.
EAN: 9783659678264
ISBN: 3659678260
Untertitel: Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2015
Seitenanzahl: 112 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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