Post Profile






Two funny adjectives (?) in Algerian Arabic

In Algerian Arabic, as in any other Arabic variety, adjectives follow the noun. However, there is one exception to this rule: invariant quja ???? or q?jna ?????, "a huge". Thus we say r?aj?l kbir ???? ???? "a big man", but quja r?aj?l ???? ???? "a great big man". Not only does this "adjective" precede the noun it modifies, it requires it to be made indefinite: you can say šrit quja ktab ???? ???? ???? "I bought a huge book", but if you want to say "I bought the huge book", there's nothing you can do but use a different adjective.
read more

share

Related Posts


So how different are Algerian and Egyptian Berber?

Academics / Linguistics : Jabal al-Lughat

In the previous post, we looked at how hard Egyptian Arabic was for an Algerian to understand (answer: not that hard) and how it diverges from the rules of Algerian Arabic (answer: a lot). What if we try the same exercise for Berber...

Berber substratum nouns in Beni-Tamer (Adrar, Algeria)

Academics / Linguistics : Jabal al-Lughat

In most of the Arabic dialects of the Algerian Sahara that I've encountered, Berber influence is rather inconspicuous. Loanwords exist, of course, but they are so well adapted to Arabic structure that they tend to be difficult to sp...

Can two kids change Algerian Arabic? (Probably not, but let's see.)

Academics / Linguistics : Jabal al-Lughat

In central Algerian Arabic, feminine nouns are usually marked by a suffix -a, which becomes -?t when possessed. Pronominal possessors are indicated by suffixes, eg -i "my", -u "his". The lax vowel ? cannot occur in open syllables; w...

From codeswitching to borrowing in une génération?

Academics / Linguistics : Jabal al-Lughat

It's not unusual to hear sentences like the following from middle-class Algerian adults, especially women: ????? ?? ?????????? ???? ??ndna æ? tilivizyo? kbir "we have a big TV" ????? ?? ???? šrina lœ tele "we bought the TV" If I had...

Anomalous gender agreement in Algerian Arabic

Academics / Linguistics : Jabal al-Lughat

In Algerian Arabic (here, Dellys dialect), the feminine singular form of an adjective is formed just by adding a suffix -a, with almost no exceptions. In two of the exceptions, a full look at the paradigm suggests that it's really t...

Comments


Copyright © 2016 Regator, LLC