In Libyan Arabic, the preposition fi ‘in’ has developed into a marker of continuous or habitual aspect. While structurally remaining a preposition which marks the objects of the non-tensed forms of dynamic transitive verbs, it serves to attribute an aspectual interpretation to the clause as a whole. We argue that this aspectual object marking is naturally modeled by an inside-out functional designator, and provide arguments that the aspectual value contributed by aspectual fi is best treated as an f-structure feature.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the Joint 2016 Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and Lexical Functional Grammar|
|Editors||Doug Arnold, Miriam Butt, Berthold Crysmann, Tracy Holloway King, Stefan Müller|
|Place of Publication||Stanford, CA|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Dec 2016|