Usama Soltan

List of John Benjamins publications for which Usama Soltan plays a role.



Subjects Afro-Asiatic languages | Theoretical linguistics


The goal of this paper is to describe and analyze the syntax of two types of correlation structures (CSs) in Egyptian Arabic (EA): A structure introduced by the quantifier kull (‘every’), and another introduced by the measure PP ʕalā Ɂadd (literally, ‘on/by amount’). More specifically, it is… read more
Davis, Stuart and Usama Soltan 2016 IntroductionPerspectives on Arabic Linguistics XXVII: Papers from the Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics, Bloomington, Indiana, 2013, Davis, Stuart and Usama Soltan (eds.), pp. xi–xvii | Article
The goal of this paper is twofold: First, it provides a descriptive account of the syntactic properties of Egyptian Arabic exceptive phrases headed by the particle ʔillaa. Second, it proposes an analysis of these syntactic properties in terms of Hoeksema’s (1987) seminal distinction between… read more
The aim of this paper is threefold: First, we provide a descriptive account of the facts of negative concord (nc) in both Egyptian and Moroccan Arabic, showing how the two dialects are similar, and how they differ in this regard. Second, we discuss previous analyses of nc and how they fare in… read more
The goal of this paper is twofold: First, to provide a descriptive account of the grammatical distribution and behavior of the two Egyptian Arabic (ea) polarity-sensitive items (psis) ʔayy (= ‘any’) and walaa (a negative element used in negative concord structures); second, to discuss the… read more
The goal of this paper is to revisit sentential negation patterns in Cairene Egyptian Arabic and propose a novel analysis for their morphosyntactic properties in this Arabic dialect. In particular, it is argued that the distribution of negation patterns takes place in the mapping from the syntax to… read more
Soltan, Usama 2006 Standard Arabic subject-verb agreement asymmetry revisited in an Agree-based minimalist syntaxAgreement Systems, Boeckx, Cedric (ed.), pp. 239–265 | Article