ʾIḍāfa
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1. The ʾiḍāfa in the Arabic linguistic tradition

Two Arabic nouns may be linked together in a noun phrase in such a way that the second noun in the sequence determines the first by limiting, identifying, possessing, defining, or amplifying it. The two nouns in this phrase function as a closely knit syntactic unit. In Arabic grammatical terminology, this structure is referred to as ʾiḍāfa ‘annexation; addition’; the first noun in the structure is muḍāf ‘annexed…

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Karin C. Ryding, “ʾIḍāfa”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0043>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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