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The lexical meaning of the verb tamakkana is ‘to be powerful, to be able to do something’. In grammatical terminology, tamakkun is used for a general grammatical and semantic category indicating the ability of words to be inflected and to perform various grammatical functions (for a survey of previous reconstructions of this term's function, see Danecki 1993; Talmon 2003:287, n. 2). A part of speech possessing tamakkun is called mutamakkin; it should have regular inflection and regular form. That which is irregular is classified as ġayr mutamakkin. The more functions a word can p…

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Janusz Danecki, “Tamakkun”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 13 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0131>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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