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Sentence
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1. The simple sentence

This entry examines salient syntactic differences in simple and complex sentences between Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic (see also verbal clause; nominal clause). In both varieties, the word orders Verb-Subject-Object (VSO), as in (1a) and (2a), and Subject-Verb-Object (SVO), as in (1b) and (2b), are used alternately, although the latter is the unmarked surface order.

Standard Arabic

(1a)

kataba

ḥātim-un

risālat-an

wrote.3ms

Hatim-Nom

letter-Acc

‘Hati…

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Moha Ennaji, “Sentence”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 22 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0303>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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