Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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1. Introduction

Arabic is a language of case inflections (declension). The majority of nouns have three cases: /u/ for the nominative, /i/ for the genitive, and /a/ for complements. This three-case system, or triptosis, contrasts with a two-case system, in which nouns have /u/ for the nominative, and /a/ for the other functions. The most important categories of diptotic nouns in Classical Ar…

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André Roman, “Diptosis”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 24 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0092>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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