Of Arabic verbal nouns' various functions, this article focuses on their taking the position of hāl 'circumstantial accusative'. Arab grammarians claim that a plain infinitive may replace a participle in the accusative, assuming the same meaning as the participle. I argue, however, that from the point of view of modern linguistics, these verbal nouns might be interpreted as having an adverbial function; more precisely, they perform the semantic-aspectual features of two types of adverbs: manner adverbs, which specify the mode of action, and state-of-mind adverbs, which describe a state of mind experienced by the agent of the action.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics|
|State||Published - 1 Sep 2019|
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© 2019 Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland.
- Verbal noun
- circumstantial accusative
- manner adverbs
- state-of-mind adverbs
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language