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Is there an Equivalent to English Existential Sentences With 'There' in Modern Standard Arabic?

Auther : Nawaf Obiedat

From a systemic perspective, existential sentences with ‘there’ are considered one of a two-types minor process of the Halliday’s (1994) ideational function of language, namely, language as representation of experience, the other being the behavioral process. According to systemic linguists, an existential process has only one participant, the Existent, and two main forms of grammatical realizations. Other grammarians, including R. Quirk et. al., identify four types and/or functions of such realizations in English.

This paper tries to come out with an additional discourse description of this linguistic phenomenon by carrying out a contrastive discourse analysis of a number of English and MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) political texts, once as source language texts (SLT’s) and once as target language texts (TLT’s). It will attempt to investigate whether or not such a linguistic phenomenon exists, in both languages, in the same degree, whether ‘there’ in English and its equivalence in MSA has some additional discoursal functions, other than what has been discussed by systemic and other linguistics. This paper will also try to discuss how English existential sentences with ‘there’ and their MSA equivalents are rendered in translation from English into Arabic and from Arabic into English. All of this will be carried out in an attempt to give a satisfactory answer to the question posed by the paper’s title.

 

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