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Jinās is one of the names Arab theorists use to designate a rhetorical figure based, in its most general meaning, on the repetition of an identical or similar sequence of sounds in the same verse or colon. Both definition and name vary according to author and period; moreover, Arab theorists have described jinās by introducing more and more complex and subtle subdivisions. The possible translations of these technical terms (jinās, tajnīs, mujānasa, mujānas, tajānus) are therefore equally different, e.g. ‘paronomasia’ (the most general), ‘alliteration’, or ‘pun’.

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Lidia Bettini, “Jinās”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol2_0041>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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