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Many written languages use punctuation marks, but their function differs across languages. In the case of the Arabic language, punctuation marks (ʿalāmāt at-tarqīm) are added to the Arabic script. Hence, punctuation in Arabic texts is constrained by the characteristics of Arabic script (e.g. the absence of capital letters). The use of punctuation marks is a modern invention in Arabic writing; Classical Arabic used othe…

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Siamak Rezaei, “Punctuation”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 23 April 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0276>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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