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1. The meaning of the term luġa

In the Arabic grammatical tradition, the term luġa (pl.luġāt) means (i) ‘dialect’, (ii) ‘(dialectal) word’, (iii) ‘word in a dictionary’, and hence (iv) ‘lexicography’, and finally (v) ‘language’. The term luġa was used in this latter meaning in the phrase waḍʿ al-luġa ‘the conventional nature of language’ in speculations about the relationship between names and designation (see Versteegh 19…

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Tamás Iványi, “Luġa”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 02 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0199>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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