Relative Pronoun (Arabic Dialects)
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According to David Cohen (1962:140), the explanation for this homogeneity could be the greater prevalence in Old Arabic of a form illi, whereas the form finally adopted and standardized in Classical Arabic, allaḏī, was less used in previous periods of the Arabic language. Both forms originally had a demonstrative function (Grand'Henry 1972:142).

There are other forms of the relative pronoun as well, such as il with variants al, la, lə, and , which mainly differs from the aforementioned forms by the lack of gemination in the phoneme l (about the origin of this gemination, see Bro…

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Vicente Ángeles, “Relative Pronoun (Arabic Dialects)”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 23 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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