Some Comments on the Nominal Plural in Arabic Creol in Juba.

  • Stefano Manfredi Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"


Some Comments on the Nominal Plural in Arabic Creol in Juba. This paper aims at describing the encoding of nominal plurality in Juba Arabic, an Arabic based pidgin-creole spoken in the Republic of South Sudan. Generally speaking, Juba Arabic stands out from other creole languages because of the presence of multiple strategies for encoding nominal plurals. Section (1) briefly introduces the issue of the encoding of nominal plurality from a typological perspective. Section (2) gives some information about the historical development and the main typological features of Juba Arabic. The core of the paper, section (3), describes the different forms and meanings associated with nominal plural. Section (4) finally proposes a multi-causal explanation for the development of nominal plurality in Juba Arabic.

Author Biography

Stefano Manfredi, Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"
Assegnista di ricerca, Dipartimento di Asia, Africa e Mediterraneo


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