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An interjection is a word, typically of indeclinable form, that in most languages has no grammatical or syntactic relationship to any other words or parts of a sentence (Hartmann and Stork 1972:115). An interjection may express emotional reactions and sensations, but also surprise, including curse and malediction, and it may serve to contact someone (Bussmann 1983:216–217). Therefore, it is used to exclaim, to protest, or to command. It is generally short, one syllable or word, and cannot be inquired after.

Classical Arabic possesses a large number of interjections (listed especia…

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Herbert Eisenstein, “Interjection”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol2_0027>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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