Grammatical features of Egyptian and Palestinian Arabic heritage speakers' oral production

Abdulkafi Albirini, Elabbas Benmamoun, Eman Saadah

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Abstract

This study presents an investigation of oral narratives collected from heritage Egyptian and Palestinian Arabic speakers living in the United States. The focus is on a number of syntactic and morphological features in their production, such as word order, use of null subjects, selection of prepositions, agreement, and possession. The degree of codeswitching in their narratives was also investigated. The goal was to gain some insights into the Arabic linguistic competence of this group of speakers. The results show that although Arabic heritage speakers display significant competence in their heritage colloquial varieties, there are gaps in that knowledge. There also seems to be significant transfer from English, their dominant language.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-303
Number of pages31
JournalStudies in Second Language Acquisition
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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