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Modal Verbs
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1. Modal verbs in Classical Arabic

The modal verbs in Arabic, as in other languages, are those verbs which through their meaning and function are linked to the category of ‘mood’ (modus vs. dictus; cf. Ducrot and Schaeffer 1972), within a framework of ‘modalization’, borrowed from Aristotelian logic. The presence of a ‘modal’ verb in a sentence changes its content by offering information on the manner in which the speakers relate themselves to t…

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Daniela Rodica Firanescu, “Modal Verbs”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 23 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0216>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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