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The ancient Arabic grammarians made a distinction between two types of Arabic according to the nature of the vowel of the imperfect preformative: some Arab tribes used ya-, while others used yi-. The name which designates the usage of yi- is taltala. According to Rabin (1951:60), who carefully collected all available data mentioned by the Arabic grammarians, a group of tribes who lived in a large area from Egypt to Iraq, the Quḍāʿa, had the full taltala. Some other tribes had a partial taltala only, i.e., they used yi-, ti-, ʾi-, ni- for the different persons of imperfect and imperati…

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Jacques Grand'Henry, “Taltala”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 08 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0130>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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