Nominal Clauses
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Nominal clauses in Arabic (jumal ismiyya) are clauses in which the first constituent is a nominal expression (mubtadaʾ ‘that which is begun with, inchoative’; ibtidāʾ), of which the remaining subconstituent of the clause (xabar ‘news, announcement’) is predicated. Mubtadaʾ and xabar are translated here as ‘initial Noun Phrase (NP)’ and ‘report’, respectively. The report constituent has two basic types. The first is a complete ‘verbal clause’ co…

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Frederick Hoyt, “Nominal Clauses”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0231>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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