Derivation
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1. Introduction

In Indo-European languages, ‘ derivation’ is usually defined as “the formation of a new word or inflectable stem from another word or stem. It typically occurs by the addition of an affix” (<http://www.sil.org/linguistics/Glossary>). In Semitic languages and particularly in (Classical) Arabic, this type of derivation does exist but must be considered marginal. More …

Cite this page
Pierre Larcher, “Derivation”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0082>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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