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In Medieval Arabic texts laḥn is the key term to refer to linguistic mistakes. According to Fück (1955:205), who studied the term in detail, it is first attested in this sense after the advent of Islam, at the end of the 1st century A.H., but the term itself is older. The common element in all archaic examples is ‘leaning over; deviating’ (māla ʾilā in Classical Arabic dictionaries). Another element in its meaning is the connection between la…

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Georgine Ayoub, “Laḥn”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 12 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0081>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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