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The term ‘mimation’ is used for the -m ending of the case suffixes in some Semitic languages. In Proto-Semitic, the singular of the noun had case suffixes with final -m (Diem 1975:243), as reflected in the most ancient attested languages: Akkadian and Amorite (both -um, -im, -am), Old Canaanite in Egyptian transcription (-m), and Sabaic (-m) (Brockelmann 1908:472–474; Moscati a.o. 1964:96–99; Diem 1975:241–242; Layton 1990:157–159; Lipiński 1997:272–273; Streck 2000:259–260). This final -m originally had no (in)determinate value. It cannot be assigned any other fun…

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Michael P. Streck, “Mimation”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol3_0088>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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