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Event nominals, also known as verbal nouns, derived nominals, and action nominalizations, are nouns that refer to events, e.g. suqūṭ ‘falling’, wuṣūl ‘arrival’, tadmīr ‘destruction’ (maṣdar). This particular class of nouns has been subject to much discussion because it sheds doubt on the traditional distinction between nouns and verbs. The controversy stems from the fact that although event nominals display external syntactic properties typical of nouns, they seem to have internal verbal syntax. For example, event nomin…

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Mustafa Mughazy, “Nominalization”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol3_0096>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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