Notes on the Functions of the L-Stem (Stem III) in Quranic Arabic

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Ambjörn Sjörs



In this article it is argued that the L-stem (stem III) in Quranic Arabic is a pluractional derivation of the G-stem (stem I) and that it expresses distributive participant plurality. With direct objects that refer to a plurality of nonvolitional entities, the verb form describes a plurality of situations conceptualized distributively among the objects. With direct objects that refer to volitional participants, the situations are typically conceptualized as inversely distributed between the subject participant and the object participant. When the verb form is used antipassively, the object participant is syntactically omitted but semantically implied.

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