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Sībawayhi's View of the ẓarf as an 'āmil

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This chapter commences with the meaning of the term zarf, whose Sibawayhi's terminology designates an expression denoting place or time. When the zarf is an indispensable part it occurs as a predicate in some types of the nominal sentence. When the zarf is not an indispensable part of the sentence it is called gayr mustaqarr 'not a mustaqarr. Syntactically, Sibawayhi distinguishes between two kinds of a zarf : 1.1. A zarf which is an indispensable predicate of a nominal sentence, as fiha in the example fiha abdu llahi qaiman "In it is Abdallah standing". This kind of zarf is called mustaqarr '[A zarf] denoting the place where the subject is'. 1.2. A zarf which is a dispensable part of the sentence, as fiha in the example abdu llahi qaimun fiha "Abdallah is standing in it". This kind of zarf is sometimes called mulgan or lagw or gayr mustaqarr.

Keywords: amil; Arabic literature; Sibawayhi terminology; Zarf

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