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1. Introduction

All modern Arabic dialects have word stress: one syllable in a word is prominent as compared to other syllables. The position of the strong stress is usually limited to the last three syllables of the word, and depends on the overall pattern of short and long syllables. Compare Cairene colloquial ki'taab ‘book’, ka'tabt ‘I wrote’, ka'tabna ‘we wrote’, 'katabu ‘they wrote’, kata'bitu ‘she wrote it’. Word stress is not distinctiv…

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René Kager, “Stress”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0321>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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