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Article, Indefinite
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1. Definition

In Classical Arabic no element is found which could be directly compared to the indefinite article (quantifier of existence) in Indo-European languages, e.g. the element a in English. In-efiniteness (Arabic tankīr) is simply marked by a combination of a Ø-article and nunation (tanwīn) in the case of triptote nouns and by a Oslash;-article in the case of diptote nouns in the plural (cf. Fleisch 1961:342–345 and Diem 1975 for morpholo…

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Lutz Edzard, “Article, Indefinite”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0027>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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