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Mood (Arabic Dialects)

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Author(s): Shahir El-Hassan
1. Introduction Mood in spoken Arabic is a complex grammatical category. Standard Arabic grammarians did not have a term for it and therefore made no explicit reference to it (mood (Standard Arabic)). Mood in spoken Arabic is complex for the following reasons: (i) There is no universally agreed definition of the term; (ii) spoken Arabic, including Educated (Spoken) Arabic, is characterized by variation, which, albeit systematic, is manifested in seemingly messy realizations of forms and structures…
Date: 2018-04-01