Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Vol. 6. No. .1 March 2015                                                  Pp.94 –99
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol6no1.7

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Semantic Shift in Moroccan Arabic
The Cases of Verbs of Movement, yemken and yeqDer1 

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

  

 

Abstract:
This paper seeks to examine the status of verbs of movement in Moroccan Arabic (MA) as well as the forms yemken and yeqDer. Generally speaking, these expressions have failed to obey the laws governing the use of auxiliaries. These verb forms will be studied in relation to their polysemous aspect. It is only when there is a second meaning that the relation of auxiliation2 might be said to occur. Furthermore, some instances within this verb subclass involving the imperative mode are considered as semi-auxiliaries3. As far as the forms yemken and yeqDer are concerned, they have achieved an advanced level to become frozen structures.
KeyWords: Moroccan Arabic, polysemy, semi auxiliaries, verbs of movement

Cite as: ZNIBER, M. (2015). Semantic Shift in Moroccan Arabic the Cases of Verbs of Movement, yemken and yeqDer . Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol6no1.7

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Mohamed ZNIBER is a professor of Linguistics at Faculty of Letters and Humanities,
University Ibn Zohr, Morocco. He is member of the TESOL and Moroccan Association of
Teachers of English’ (MATE). His research areas include: Sociolinguistics, dialectology, applied
linguistics, computational linguistics and testing.