Morpho-Phonological Analysis of the Hasawi Possessive ‎Adjective

Awad H. Alshehri


The formation of the Hasawi first-person possessive adjective (FPPA) is seen by most people as a distinctive or marked feature for Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). This study aimed at investigating the morphological and phonological features of that adjective, and finding the extent to which it is related to MSA. To do this, the researcher conducted two surveys and audio recorded a pre-designed word list that covered all possible sequences. The findings show that there are some underlying rules for the formation of the Hasawi FPPA, and that it is deep-rooted in Standard Arabic.


Marked, Unmarked, Hasawi Dialect, FPPA, Modern Standard Arabic

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