Tag Archives: Standard Arabic

Diglossia: An Overview of the Arabic Situation (Published)

One of the most distinctive features of the Arabic language is the existence of diglossia. Arabic largely exists in a diglossic situation, which is manifested through the co-existence of Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic (Ferguson, 1959). Any discussion of the language situation in Arabic-speaking communities in the Middle Eastern and North African countries and elsewhere cannot overlook the existence of diglossia. Indeed, Arabic represents the world’s most complicated diglossic situation (Kaye, 2002). This paper provides an overview of diglossia in Arabic. It attempts to outline the meaning of the concept, its different types and its relationship to language stability and change. The overview is meant to be representative rather than comprehensive.

Keywords: Colloquial Arabic, Diglossia, Language variety, Standard Arabic

A Syntactic Study Of The Passive Voice In Modern Standard Arabic (Msa) (Published)

The purpose of this paper is to explore the syntactic features of the passive in Modern Standard Arabic. The paper consists of two parts: in the first part, the relationship between active and passive sentences is briefly discussed at the level of the verb phrase and the level of the clause. The second part explains in details the derivation process from active sentences with particular reference to the transformational theory.

Keywords: Passive, Passive voice, Standard Arabic, Syntactic features of Arabic, Transformational theory, Voice Definition.

A Syntactic Study of the Passive Voice in Modern Standard Arabic (Msa) (Review Completed - Accepted)

The purpose of this paper is to explore the syntactic features of the passive in Arabic. The paper consists of two parts: in the first part, the relationship between active and passive sentences is briefly discussed at the level of the verb phrase and at the level of clause. The second part discusses in more details the derivation process from active sentences with particular reference to the transformational theory.

Keywords: Passive Voice definition., Passive voice, Standard Arabic, Syntactic features of Arabic, Transformational theory