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1. Preliminary remarks

Etymologically, the term lafḏ̣ is a maṣdar, i.e. a verbal noun. Originally it meant ‘to spit, reject, vomit’ and, in the specific context of speech activities, ‘to emit words, to utter’. In practice, there has been a shift from action to result and hence from a verbal value of the maṣdar to a nominal one. Taken substantively, lafḏ̣ is not to be understood as a singular noun but rather as a collective one. T…

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Djamel Eddine Kouloughli, “Lafḏ̣”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0080>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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