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(1,949 words)

Author(s): Tamar Zewi
Energicus/energic/energetic and an-nūn al-muʾakkida/nūn at-tawkīd ( al-xafīfa wa-ṯ-ṯaqīla) in Arabic are parallel names for an optional ending of either single or geminate -n- which is occasionally suffixed to certain Semitic verb conjugations, particles, and prepositions. In Arabic, the energicus appears mostly in Classical Arabic and is found in many Qurʾānic passages (Wright 1896:61, 1898:24; Brockelmann 1908: 554–555, 1913:159; Reckendorf 1921:16; Fleisch 1979:128–132, 140–141; Fischer 2002: 110, 118, 120, 137, 230; Ambros 1989; Zewi 1999:13–63). The Arabic -n(n)- e…
Date: 2018-04-01


(1,825 words)

Author(s): Tamar Zewi
The diminutive is a morphological pattern which expresses diminution, reduction, or lessening. The common Arabic terms for diminution and diminutive are at-taṣġīr or al-ism al-muṣaġġar, and at-taḥqīr and al-ism al-muḥaqqar for a pejorative/deteriorative/contemptuous meaning which is sometimes implicit in the form. The diminutive may also be used to express endearment or charity (e.g. Wright 1896:166; Fleisch 1961:380–381, 392; Fischer 2002:51). Semitic languages, including Arabic, present series of noun patterns, i.e. substantives and adjectives, which e…
Date: 2018-04-01

5.1.5 Hebrew Syntax

(3,211 words)

Author(s): Tamar Zewi
Part of 5 Languages and Linguistics - 5.1 HebrewSince syntax handles the combination of words into phrases and sentences, any syntactic description should best focus on showing how the three basic syntactic relations creating these combinations are formed: the attributive relation, between a head and its attribute, the predicative relation, between a subject and a predicate, and the objective/completive relation, between verbs and their obligatory and non-obligatory complements, namely, objects and adverbials.1 These syntactic relations are usually reflected in t…
Date: 2017-11-15