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Determiners, which are a class of noun modifiers used to express or identify the reference of a noun, include in Arabic articles, possessive pronouns, and demonstratives. Quantifiers, the class of noun modifiers used to specify the quantity of a noun, are sometimes considered as part of the class of determiners, inasmuch as they restrict the reference of a noun to a specific or indefinite quantity. The distribution and syntax of quantifiers differs from that of the other determiners and can ther…

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Lina Choueiri, “Determiners”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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