The desinentially inflectional and the indeclinable; the indefinite and the definite; translation and analysis of the sections so named of Al Alfiyya of Ibn Mālik as interpreted by Ibn ᶜAqīl
AuthorJohnson, Philip Alan, 1958-
AdvisorGamal, Adel S.
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AbstractA word's indeclinability in Arabic is determined by its similarity to the particles, which are considered to possess the defining characteristics of indeclinability. This similarity is found in four categories: similarity in terms of structure; similarity in terms of meaning; similarity by being ungoverned by a regent; and similarity by requiring a complement. A substantive's indefiniteness is determined by its ability either to accept the definite article ا ل in those cases where the latter is able to induce definiteness, or to take the place of that which accepts the definite article in the same cases.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Near Eastern Studies