Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

Get access

(4,058 words)


1. Definition

Generally speaking, the term ‘noun’ can be used either as a synonym for ‘substantive’ and ‘ adjective’, or as an umbrella term for all ‘nominal’ parts of the sentence, including adjectives as well as pronouns and numerals. In the context of Semitic and Arabic linguistics, ‘noun’ (ism) is always used in the first, narrower sense. The demarcation between substantive and adjective poses a morphosyntactic problem in some Semitic languages (noun phrase;…

Cite this page
Lutz Edzard, “Noun”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 13 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0235>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

▲   Back to top   ▲