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Tamyīz
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The term tamyīz is used by the Arab grammarians to refer to one of the functions of the accusative. Generally translated as ‘specification’ or ‘specifier’, tamyīz, especially in the earlier sources, has the synonyms mumayyiz, mufassir, tafsīr, mubayyin, and tabyīn (see, however, Ibn Šuqayr, Muḥallā 15–16, where tafsīr is reserved for the accusative after numbers; cf. Mubarrad, Muqtaḍab II, 144, 164, 173, III, 32, 91, 259, where tabyīn and tamyīz are distinguished, but not uniformly).

Although Sībawayhi (d. 180/796) discusses tamyīz in various places of his Kitāb (I, 204–211, II, …

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Ramzi Baalbaki, “Tamyīz”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 17 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0132>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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