Kalima
(2,183 words)

1. Introduction

The form kalima (pl. kalim), commonly denoting ‘a word’, sometimes occurs as a grammatical term corresponding in sense to the modern linguistic term ‘ morpheme’. This sense of kalima is inferred from Sībawayhi (Kitāb II, 330.15–339.19), al-Mubarrad (Muqtaḍab I, 36–52), Ibn as-Sarrāj (ʾUṣūl III, 171.1–179.5), and Ibn Yaʿīš (Šarḥ I, 21.5–20 ed. Jahn; I, 18.29–19.15 Cairo ed.). The discussion of kalima by al-Mub…

Cite this page
Aryeh Levin, “Kalima”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 18 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0068>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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