Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

Get access

Tafxīm
(1,766 words)

The term tafxīm is derived from the Arabic triliteral root f-x-m, generally signifying ‘thickening, magnifying, enlargement, emphasizing’. This notion was applied to the Arabic sound system to differentiate between certain sound groups. One class includes the four muṭbaqa consonants (ʾiṭbāq): /ḍ/ ض, /ṣ/ص , /ṭ/ ط, and /ḏ̣/ ظ. In addition, three more consonants, /q/ ق, /ġ/ غ, and /x/ خ, are grouped with these four consonants to form a larger class, known as mustaʿliya ‘elevated, raised [consonants]’. They are called thus because of “the raising of the back of the tongue…

Cite this page
Muhammad Hasan Bakalla, “Tafxīm”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 27 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0333>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



▲   Back to top   ▲