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nunation

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EtymologyEdit

nun +‎ -ation. See nun (Semitic letter).

NounEdit

nunation (plural nunations)

  1. (grammar) A suffix ("-n") signifying a lack of syntactical definiteness of the noun or adjective in standard Arabic. It is written as a diacritic over the final letter.
    نهرٌ (náhr-un, a river)
    ملكٌ (málik-un, a king)

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ReferencesEdit

  • Abboud, Peter F., Ernest N. McCarus, et al. (1983): Elementary Modern Standard Arabic 1: Pronunciation and Writing; Lessons 1-30, Cambridge University Press, p. 110-1. ISBN 0-521-27295-5.