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There can be no doubt that the medieval Arab grammarians, as shown by Goldenberg (1988), had a concept of predication; they fully recognized the basic subject-predicate relationship, irrespective of sentence types. But it is equally clear that they viewed this relationship as realized in two (or three) different forms based on two (or three) modes of ʿamal. The author presented the grammarians treatment of various functional issues relating to each sentence type or word-order. However, a far more significant contribution to the study of the semantic and pragmatic aspects relating to the structures in question has been made by modern scholars examining the relevant structures in context, showing deep interest in speech situation and text analysis.

Keywords: Arab grammarians; sentence types; word-order patterns

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