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Sibawayh on ?imalah (Inclination)Text, Translation, Notes and Analysis$
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Solomon I. Sara

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627950

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627950.001.0001

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Analysis of Chapter Two (478)

Analysis of Chapter Two (478)

(p.126) 8 Analysis of Chapter Two (478)
Sibawayh on ?imalah (Inclination)

Solomon I. Sara

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter notes Sībawayh's statements about the state of inclination among the Arabic speakers, and indicates the contexts where inclination takes place, listing the relevant rules given by Sībawayh. It also discusses the feminine marker [h] and its potential and actual hiddenness in pronunciation. The hiddenness of the [h] creates shorter sequences and consequently more immediate contexts for inclination when there is an [i] before the [A]. The feminine marker [h] can be hidden, in which case the final [A] is inclined in the context of a preceding ‘break [i]’ and the resulting form resembles another form on the surface, the dual.

Keywords:   Arabic language, Sībawayh, inclination, break [i], feminine marker, [h], hidden letters

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