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Author(s): Chakri Iraqi-Houssaini
Ibtidāʾ is the term used in the Arabic grammatical tradition for the commencement of an utterance by putting a noun in the initial position. The notion of ibtidāʾ is used in two main domains of the Arabic language sciences, grammar and Qurʾān reading. In grammar, it is used in governance ( ʿamal) theory and in sentence grammar ( naḥw al-jumal). It is an ambiguous notion that was much disputed in the Arabic grammatical tradition. While it is still used in school programs and in university departments of Arabic, the notion of ibtidāʾ plays hardly any role in modern linguistic approaches…
Date: 2018-04-01