Nawāsix
(1,052 words)

The term nawāsix (sg. nāsixa) ‘cancelers’ is borrowed from Muslim canonic law, where the verb from which it is derived, nasaxa ‘to make something disappear’, is used with the technical sense ‘to abolish’, with reference to a verse from the Qurʾān or a tradition about the Prophet which revokes another one. Used by the later Arab grammarians, probably not earlier than the time of ʾAbū Ḥayyān (d. 1344; see Carter 1981:207), to designate a category of ‘operators’ (ʿawāmil, sg. ʿāmil; ʿamal) grouped by some previous grammarians under headings which indicate that these elements c…

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Nadia Anghelescu, “Nawāsix”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 17 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol3_0095>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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