Annexation ('iḍāfa) in Arabic Grammatical Thought

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The term 'iddfa ("annexation"') refers to a syntactic unit in which the first component, called al-mudaf, is linked to the second component, called al-mudaf 'ilayhi, when the latter defines or identifies the first component. This paper attempts to provide an in-depth account of the prominent issues discussed in the grammatical descriptions presenting this phenomenon: The literal meaning of the term 'iddfa; the syntactic features of each component (e.g.. case mark and definiteness); types of annexation (proper vs. improper annexation); the separation of the annexation components; the deletion of the mudaf or the mudaf'ilayhi; the syntactic components that can function as mudaf or as mudaf 'ilayhi.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-191
Number of pages13
JournalJournal Asiatique
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016


  • 'iddfa
  • Annexation
  • Annexation components
  • Mudaf
  • Mudaf 'ilayhi
  • Proper and improper annexation
  • The school of basra and the school of kufa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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