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The notion of ‘pseudodual’ indicates the use of a dual ending after a noun to mark the plural, or to mark a number greater than one without specifying whether it is dual or plural. The phenomenon, which is known in most Arabic dialects, is restricted to paired parts of the human body (and the word for ‘parents’) typically those of most frequent occurrence. An example of such a pseudodual is arbaʿ žrēn ‘four feet’.

The definition and first comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon was given by Blanc, who wrote an extensive article about it in 1970. Before and after that…

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Kerstin Eksell, “Pseudodual”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol3_0110>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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