Psychology Press, 1990 - 302 pages
Gulf Arabicis the term used to refer to a number of related dialects which are spoken along the Gulf shore from northern Kuwait to Oman in the south-eastern corner of the Arabian peninsula. The people who live in this area are linked to each other by trading and seafaring traditions which go back many centuries, as well as by the complex tribal structure of Arabia. With the development of education since the second world war, and increasingly close social, political, and developmental ties between Gulf states, a form of dialectical Arabic has evolved which is not closely associated with any one particular state, and which exhibits features common to them all. It is still unmistakably 'Gulf' in its basic pronunciation and morphology, as well as in its basic lexical stock, but its syntax and to some extent lexicon have been influenced by standard Arabic and other Arabic dialects. Clive Holes provides an in-depth description of this educated, pan-Gulf dialect.
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9ala 9ali active participle adjective Ahmad akthar anaphoric attnad ba9ad ba9D chidhi clitic clusters co-ordinated complement consonant copular deletion dhaak dialects distinction enclitic Examples expressed feminine singular fiih finite verb foog gabil girl grammatically Gulf haadha Hagg huwa il-beet il-mudiir illi in-it in-naas indicate indirect object inta intonation is-sayyaara kaan laakin lexical main clause marked Maryam masculine meaning mithil Modern Standard Arabic modify morphemes morphologically Motion past non-finite non-human normal noun phrases number and gender occur particle passive participles pattern perfect aspect person plural position possible prefix prepositional phrase pronominal question word raaH reciprocal reference reflexive relative clause sentence sentence element shay shwayy Stem stress structure suffixed syllable syntactic tense the-boss the-car the-girl the-house the-people to-you transitive verbs triliteral Type of location velarized velarized consonants verb forms verbal noun vowel waajid was-3msg weesh went-3msg wila yoom zeen