Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Vol.6. No.2 June 2015                                                   Pp. 92 -97

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Expressing Modality in Moroccan Arabic: From Auxiliation to Overauxiliation 

Mohamed ZNIBER
Faculty of Letters and Humanities
University Ibn Zohr, Morocco




Moroccan Arabic Auxiliaries (M.A. Aux) constitute one of the grammatical categories in which the action of the dynamic synchrony is actively at work, renovating the collocational patterns and lexical stock of Moroccan Arabic (MA).The M.A.Aux Aux are not directly involved in the making of “compound tenses” as this is the case in English with ‘be’ and ‘have’ or French with ‘être’ and ‘avoir’. Referred to sometimes as Semi- auxiliaries (S-Aux) -and again, unlike English or French in which the number of Auxiliaries is fixed and their syntactic and semantic patterning clearly set, MA candidate forms outnumber their English and French counterparts and are involved actively in expressing modality in MA. In this paper, we will seek to explore how M.A. Aux express a multitude of semantic values, how they are identified; and mostly, how MA tolerate that more than a S-Aux may occur within the same sentence.
Keywords: Modality, Auxiliation, Overauxilaition, Moroccan Arabic

Cite as: ZNIBER, M. (2015). Expressing Modality in Moroccan Arabic: From Auxiliation to Overauxiliation.
Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).


Mohamed ZNIBER is a professor of Linguistics, Faculty of Letters and Humanities at University
Ibn Zohr, Morocco. His research interests include: Sociolinguistics, Dialectology, applied
linguistics, computational linguistics and Testing (English international certificates). He is a
member of the association Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and
Moroccan Association of Teachers of English (MATE )