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1. Definition

Diathesis can be defined as the syntactic relationship between the verbal core of a sentence and its nominal constituents, i.e. the verbal predicate and the parts of speech directly relating to it, mainly subject and object. The relationship encompasses both semantic and morphosyntactic categories. A verbal sememe may thus automatically imply a series of nomi…

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Jan Retsö, “Diathesis”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0089>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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