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Archive for July, 2018

Saudi women can finally drive, where are they going? (2) Posted by on Jul 11, 2018

At the end of last month, women in Saudi Arabic have been given the permission الإذن to drive for the first time ever للمرة الأولى على الإطلاق. This royal decision was made in September last year but it has only come into force a few weeks ago. Different media outlets وسائل الإعلام المختلفة made sure…

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Broken Plural in Arabic Posted by on Jul 5, 2018

In a previous post, you learned that Arabic plural nouns are three forms: sound masculine plural جَمْعُ المُذَكَّرِ السَّالِم, sound feminine plural جَمْعُ المُؤَنَّثِ السَّالِم, and broken plural جَمْعُ التَّكْسِيْر. The first two are regular because their formation entail adding a suffix (i.e. ون and ات, respectively) to the end of the singular without a…

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Saudi women can finally drive, where are they going? (1) Posted by on Jul 4, 2018

More than a week ago, and on the 24th. June, women in Saudi Arabic have finally been allowed to drive سُمح للنساء في السعودية أخيرا بالقيادة. This event has attracted a wide media coverage تغطية إعلامية واسعة  and this included many personal statements by Saudi women. In this blog post, we’re going to study a…

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Deriving Nouns from Verbs in Arabic (1) Posted by on Jul 3, 2018

A distinguishing feature of Arabic language is that it is a derivational language. Multiple words are derived from a single root word based specific morphological rules. Using the morphological measure, affixes (suffixes, prefixes, and infixes) are appended to the root word forming news words. For example, form the root كَتَبَ ‘write’, we derive كَاتِب ‘writer’…

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