Date of Award

12-1-2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Applied Linguistics

First Advisor

Crow, Bryan

Abstract

Many Arabic speakers have grammatical difficulties when using Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). These difficulties have been referred to many different factors such curricula and MSA teachers themselves. However, this study discuses a grammatical influence of an Arabic dialect (Najdi) in MSA. It assumes that Najdi speakers are more likely to apply only one morphosyntactic inflection [ejn] in all cases (nominative, accusative, and genitive) in dual nouns and likewise only one inflection [in] in the plural, regardless of case. In addition, due to the limited number of dual and plural morphosyntactic inflections used in Najdi compared to MSA, this limitation leads Najdi speakers to incorrectly employ morphosyntactic inflections in dual and plural when using MSA. This study had been conducted on 15 participants Najdi speakers. They recorded 30 sentences in Najdi then they recorded the same 30 sentences in MSA to measure the grammatical influence of Najdi in MSA in the morphosyntactic inflections of dual and plural in all cases.

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