Imperative as root infinitive analogue in Yemeni Ibbi Arabic: Two case studies

  • Fawaz Qasem Department of English, Bisha University, Al-Namaas, Saudi Arabia
  • Shruti Sircar Department of Linguistics & Contemporary English, EFL University, Hyderabad, India

Abstract

The paper shows that children acquiring Yemeni Ibbi Arabic4 (henceforth referred to as YIA) go through a stage equivalent to the Root Infinitive (RI) stage found in non-null subject languages in spite of the fact that YIA is a null subject and does not have an infinitive construction. Spontaneous speech of two YIA children (2;1-2;11) showed presence of verbal inflections in 85-90% contexts. However, in a few cases, imperative forms occur in place of tensed forms, and indicate modal irrealis interpretation. We argue that the imperative form is therefore a Root Infinitive Analogue (RIA). The paper also provides evidence for a universal tendency to use non-finite forms in early stages of language development. 
Published
Jan 27, 2017
How to Cite
QASEM, Fawaz; SIRCAR, Shruti. Imperative as root infinitive analogue in Yemeni Ibbi Arabic: Two case studies. Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 1-19, jan. 2017. ISSN 2490-4198. Available at: <http://arjals.com/index.php/Arab_Journal_Applied_Linguistics/article/view/104>. Date accessed: 23 sep. 2021.

Keywords

Acquisition of verbal inflection, the imperative form, root infinitive analogue, Yemeni Ibbi Arabic