Chomsky’s theory of minimalist As framework in analyzing wh- movement in Modern standard Arabic language


  • Lecturer Tawfeeq Abdul Amir Hashem Alghazali Director of Islamic University in Najaf , Iraq



Arabic language structures, verbless sentence, wh – movement , case and agreement features


The present study is an attempt to examine Chomsky’s theory of movement and see if it is applicable in Arabic language. and also verbless sentences distribution by exploring their syntactic comportment and presenting two minimalist proposals to justify the motivating wh-movement in such verbless sentences as well as checking their agreement features. Although, the verbless sentence does not contain any overtly lexical copular verb in the context of present tense in modern standard Arabic, but there still an authorization of case and agreement features. Arabian verbless investigations involve a vacancy in addition to discard copula Norm hypothesis. This suggests depending on the minimalist syntax model by (Chomsky, N., 1992a, 1995b); Arabic verbless statements should have no verb as well as verb phrase, because of the two possibilities that inflected through tense for representing the present tense explanation: one without a verb another through a verb (copula).


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How to Cite

Alghazali, Tawfeeq. “Chomsky’s Theory of Minimalist As Framework in Analyzing Wh- Movement in Modern Standard Arabic Language”. Kufa Journal of Arts, vol. 1, no. 45, Oct. 2021, pp. 615-28, doi:10.36317/kaj/2020/v1.i45.1749.

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