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Grammaticalization (Arabic intiḥāʾ) is commonly defined, in Kuryłowiczian (1965) terms, as a gradual evolutionary process of change whereby contentive lexical units and structures acquire grammatical meanings and functions and less-grammatical forms become more grammatical. The term ‘grammaticalization’, while selected here …

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Mohssen Esseesy, “Grammaticalization”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 18 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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