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An argument is an element of a sentence or predication that enters into the predication as one of the major valencies of the verb or predicate, namely as subject or object. These are also referred to as ‘core arguments’, while the subject of a sentence usually encompasses what is referred to as the ‘external argument’. The notion of argument may be considered from both a syntactic and a semantic perspective, and this janus-faced nature of the notion of argument is clearly reflected in the Arabic tradition where one finds terms referring to arguments from a primarily syntactic perspective (mu…

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John C. Eisele, “Argument”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0025>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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