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Weak Verbs
(5,710 words)

1. Introduction

Apart from functional words such as ḥattā ‘until’, li- ‘to’, wa- ‘and’, all nominal and verbal forms in Arabic are made up of three or four essential elements, called radicals. Any phoneme, except the vowel a, can be the radical of a root. To give an example, in Modern Standard Arabic (Wehr 1985)…

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Rainer Voigt, “Weak Verbs”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0376>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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