Aspects of the Structure and Meaning of Partitive Constructions

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, Almansour, Abdulrahman . 2011
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Journal of King Saud University, Arts
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In this study I explore the structure and meaning of partitive constructions. I investigate the relation between partitivity and specificity, and argue that partitives in Classical/Standard Arabic manifest the same type of ambiguity with regard to specificity that is manifested by regular indefinite noun phrases. I also shed light on a phenomenon that has never been noticed in the literature. Specifically, I uncover a use of the nominal –n suffix that has never been brought to light before. I argue that this suffix is required to be attached to certain determiners in partitive constructions to satisfy a structural function.