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The Sociopragmatics of Attitude Datives in Levantine Arabic$
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Youssef A. Haddad

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474434072

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474434072.001.0001

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Hearer-Oriented Attitude Datives in Social Context

Hearer-Oriented Attitude Datives in Social Context

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The Sociopragmatics of Attitude Datives in Levantine Arabic

Youssef A. Haddad

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the social functions of hear-oriented attitude datives in Levantine Arabic. These are often used to grab the hearer’s attention, especially in such activities as storytelling. In addition, the datives may also be employed by a speaker to anchor the main message of her utterance, along with her evaluation of it, to her hearers and to mark their engagement in an attempt to recruit their empathy, solicit their assent, and/or invoke a shared identity, experience, knowledge, and membership. The chapter analyzes specific instances of hearer-oriented attitude datives as used in different types of social acts (e.g., promises) and in different types of activities (e.g., gossip).

Keywords:   attitude datives, Levantine Arabic, evaluation, storytelling, hearer engagement, social acts, gossip, identity

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