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Defective Verbs
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Amongst those verbs that have either a semi-vowel or a hamza as one element of their root only a few irregularities tend to occur. Moreover, these irregularities are restricted to certain frequently used verbs, which in some forms lose the weak element, e.g. the loss of hamza in some forms of the common verb raʾā/yar(ʾ)ā ‘to see’ (weak verbs). Apart from this, there are some verbs and verbal expressions that are defective and/or which can only partly be su…

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Rainer Voigt, “Defective Verbs”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 05 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0079>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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