Throughout his discussion of Ɂimālah, Sībawayh frequently refers to specific tribal preferences in the use of Ɂimālah. This chapter notes that the thrust of the analysis of Ɂimālah is aimed at exploring the question of who uses it and under what conditions they do so. It presents an inventory of statements about the use or non-use of Ɂimālah attributed to specific groups of speakers of Arabic and some specific dialectal characteristics. The chapter also notes that people whose Arabic is trustworthy incline where there is no trigger for inclination. A feature of the discussion of Ɂimālah by Sībawayh is that there is variation among speakers, but the triggers for the variation are common to all speakers.
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