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This is an extraordinary linguistic feat in Arabic: verbalization of a proper noun. In English this is very easy. We can “fedex” packages, “xerox” pages, or “google” for a burrito recipe. But this is the first example I’ve seen of such a morphological process in (colloquial) Arabic.

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March 12th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

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Non-projectivity in English

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Two phenomena that can cause non-projectivity in English: wh-movement and right extraposition.

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October 22nd, 2012 at 11:18 am

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Linguistic Workshop on the Mehri Language

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Having visited western Oman, and gazed longingly at the border to Yemen and the Hadhramaut, I was interested to see this workshop on the indigenous language, Mehri. From the Wikipedia page:

Mehri has 70,600 speakers in Yemen, 50,800 in Oman and 14,400 in Kuwait. Population total for all countries is 135,764 (SIL estimate, 2000). Mehri speakers are known in the region as the Mahra tribe.

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May 5th, 2011 at 4:46 am