From Deixis to Grammar: The Case of the Element 'Ta' in Arabic

37 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2013

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Lazhar Zanned

University of Manouba - Faculty of Arts, Literatures and Humanities

Date Written: October 8, 2013

Abstract

This paper investigates the claim that language change (grammaticalization) is driven by cognitive processes, such as schemas and their instantiations. Instead of determining linear stages relating successive states in language evolution, we argue that cognitive schemas are the source of prototypical paths that linguistic items go through in a parallel diffusive fashion during use. The analysis is based on data from Arabic (Classical and colloquial) related to the deictic element ta used in a variety of lexical, morphological, and syntactic constructs. The study proceeds by presenting an overview of the synchronic variation patterns of the element ta and investigating the different cognitive processes involved in all the instantiations of the schema BE IN FRONT OF associated to the element ta.

Keywords: Arabic, deictics, grammaticalization, prototype, schema

Suggested Citation

Zanned, Lazhar, From Deixis to Grammar: The Case of the Element 'Ta' in Arabic (October 8, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2337745 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2337745

Lazhar Zanned (Contact Author)

University of Manouba - Faculty of Arts, Literatures and Humanities ( email )

University of Manouba
Manouba, Manouba 2010
Tunisia

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