Aspectual object marking in Libyan Arabic

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Joint 2016 Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and Lexical Functional Grammar
EditorsDoug Arnold, Miriam Butt, Berthold Crysmann, Tracy Holloway King, Stefan Müller
Place of PublicationStanford, CA
PublisherCSLI Publications
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)1535-1793
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2016


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