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Naḥt is the term Arab grammarians use for the word formational method whereby a new form is coined out of two or more independent words, a process similar to what in English is referred to by such terms as ‘blending’ and ‘fusion’. Morphologically, this term derives from the root n-ḥ-t ‘to carve, hew, chisel’. Thus, Arabic manḥūtāt (pl. of manḥūt), ‘naḥt-type constructions’, are words, mostly of quadriliteral roots, that are ‘chiseled’ out of other words, so to speak. These constructions, however, are not all of the same compositional and/or functional na…

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not-specified, “Compounds”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0021>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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