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Fronting (taqdīm) is “an informal term to denote a movement operation by which a word or phrase is moved to the front of some phrase or clause” (Radford 1997:261). The fronting process has been given several terms in the literature, such as ‘topicalization’ and ‘focus’. This entry investigates the syntactic notion ‘fronting’ in Arabic syntax within two frameworks: the Arabic grammatical tradition, represented partly by al-Jurjā…

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Wafaa Batran, “Fronting”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 28 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0021>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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