Emphatic repetition in spoken Arabic

Verna Robertson Rieschild

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    This paper identifies and explains Arabic emphatic repetition in ethnographic interviews against the general backdrop of an understanding of non-pragmatically motivated repetition in Spoken Arabic. It also considers the basic linguistic resources for expressing intensity in the lexicon and syntax and the significance of repetition as one of these resources. The latter part of the paper explains how these resources are drawn on in interaction and what other types of spontaneous immediate emphatic repetition occur. This approach allows for a nuanced interpretation of the salience of emphatic repetition in this spoken Arabic genre. The discussion contributes to our general understanding of the essence of repetition that allows it to be used as a productive interactive resource.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2004 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society
    EditorsDr Ilana Mushin
    Place of PublicationSydney
    PublisherAustralian Linguistic Society
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Print)1920898387
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventAustralian Linguistic Society Annual Conference 2004 - Sydney
    Duration: 12 Jul 200415 Jul 2004


    ConferenceAustralian Linguistic Society Annual Conference 2004


    • Arabic interaction
    • intensity
    • lexical couplets
    • reduplication
    • speech acts
    • Arabic
    • repetition


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