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Concessive Clause
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There is no reference to concessive clauses in Arabic grammars, except where conditional clauses are concerned. Their semantics is broadly diversified, featuring two predominant elements: the incausal and the inconditional relationships. In some cases, they may imply an adversative, alternative, consecutive, or comparative relationship. Of these, adversativity is explicitly accentuated through the use of several particles (fa-, fa-qad, fa-ʾinna, ʾillā ʾanna, wa-lākinna, or ġayr ʾanna). In unreal concessive structures, one can also find la- with a negation particle. T…

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Michael Langer, “Concessive Clause”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 05 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0022>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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