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1. Introduction

The word ‘elative’, from the Latin elatio, noun of action of the verb efferre ‘to elevate’, refers to a morphosemantic entity and expresses in one word what traditional Arabic grammar expresses in two words, ʾafʿalu at-tafḍīl. ʾAfʿalu indicates, through the conventional f-ʿ-l paradigm of Arabic grammar, the word pattern (aṣ-ṣīġa ‘pattern, scheme’) and at-tafḍīl ‘superiority’ indicates the intended meaning among a…

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Alain Girod, “Elative”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 20 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0002>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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