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Definiteness Marking in Earlier Stages of Arabic

Areal Evidence from Classical Arabic Idols’ Names

Francesco Grande    Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia    

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abstract

This study investigates definiteness marking in earlier stages of Arabic, based on a corpus of Classical Arabic idols' names attested in technical prose. The latter mentions not only Arabic idols, the names of which bear definite markers, but also the tribal units that worshipped them. Relying upon attestations of this sort, the present study investigates the areal distribution of definiteness marking in earlier stages of Arabic. Finally, it compares the results of such an investigation with the current knowledge on the areal distribution of definiteness marking in earlier stages of Arabic, based on epigraphic and dialectological evidence.

Pubblicato
30 Giugno 2021
Accettato
26 Marzo 2021
Presentato
08 Febbraio 2021
Lingua
EN

Keywords: Areal distributionDefinitenessPre-IslamicDiptotismArabic articleIdols

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