Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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1. Basic definition of transitivity

Transitivity is defined narrowly as a state of direct dependence of a nominal phrase (i.e. noun or noun phrase) on a verbal element (i.e. verb or verblike element). A transitive clause involves a minimum of two participants – a subject (prototypically an agent) and an object (prot…

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Janet Watson, “Transitivity”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 04 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0350>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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