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For a relational approach to modern literary Arabic conditional clauses

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KeywordsTriple Keywords
Novellas (Short novels)
Stories
Metafiction
Fiction
Novels
Fiction--Philosophy
Drama--Plot
Scenarios
Dramatic plots
Plots (Drama, novel, etc.)
Fiction--Plots
Languages
Language and languages
Foreign languages
Grammar, Universal
Comparative grammar
Grammar
Grammar, Comparative and general
Grammar, Philosophical
Philosophical grammar
Language and languages--Grammar, Comparative
Reality
Acts, Legislative
Legislative enactments
Laws (Statutes)
Enactments, Legislative
Legislative acts
Law

Abstract

Based on novels written in Modern Standard Arabic published between 1963 and 2005 and from the entire Arab world, this article suggests how the hypothetical systems of this variety of language no longer correspond to the established "classical" model. Specifically, it demonstrates that the so called MSA grammar books are, facing the reality of the texts, descriptively inadequate. It then shows how the modern Arabic conditional clause, in its literary level, has created a kind of sequence of tenses, certainly influenced by European languages such as French and English. Therefore this is no longer the operator of the hypothetical system (iḏā, in and law) that enables us to understand the meaning of a conditional clause, but the relationship existing between the operator of the hypothetical system's protasis and the verbal form of the apodosis of that system.

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