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1. Introduction

In a modern Arabic-English dictionary, the term maʿnā is rendered by such words as ‘sense’, ‘meaning’, and ‘signification’, so that it forms with its conceptual counterpart a semantic pair quite akin to the signifier/signified couple familiar to contemporary linguistics. Yet, a close examination of a number of Arabic texts of different periods in which both the…

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Djamel Eddine Kouloughli, “Maʿnā”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0204>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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