Grammatical features of Egyptian and Palestinian Arabic heritage speakers' oral production

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study presents an investigation of oral narratives collected from heritage Egyptian and Palestinian Arabic speakers living in the United States. The focus is on a number of syntactic and morphological features in their production, such as word order, use of null subjects, selection of prepositions, agreement, and possession. The degree of codeswitching in their narratives was also investigated. The goal was to gain some insights into the Arabic linguistic competence of this group of speakers. The results show that although Arabic heritage speakers display significant competence in their heritage colloquial varieties, there are gaps in that knowledge. There also seems to be significant transfer from English, their dominant language. © Copyright Cambridge University Press 2011.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Albirini, A; Benmamoun, E; Saadah, E

Published Date

  • June 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 273 - 303

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1470-1545

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0272-2631

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S0272263110000768

Citation Source

  • Scopus