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We do not include minimal coverage of the inflections for person and number. As they consist primarily of simple affixation, they do not present any problems for our account. 1. The full set of forms as generated by the SBM account is shown in Appendix B. The data we cover here is from a single verb, “to write”. 1 are not all actual forms, as not all of the different binyanim actually occur for all verb roots. We, therefore, do not provide glosses for these forms. The meanings of the different binyanim are all related to the stem meaning.

In the argument over which method represents the correct approach to analyzing a Semitic language such as Arabic, it should be mentioned that although root and pattern morphology is pervasive in the language, approximately seven percent of the entries in the lexicon contain no discernable pattern morpheme (and thus no discernable root morpheme, although Arabs are often capable of extracting root candidates from many non-Semitic words), and that these words must be treated with a stem-based approach.

8). In the Unicode character set this word-final undotted yƗ’ is represented by U+06CC (ARABIC LETTER FARSI YEH). The Unicode standard (2003, p. 59) states that this letter “yeh” is written with dots in initial and medial positions, in which case it maps to Arabic yƗ’ (U+064A), and that in final and separate positions it maps to alif maqSnjra (U+0649). Systems using 8-bit encoding schemes have implemented this undotted yƗ’ in two different ways, which we will refer to by their codepages: Mac Arabic and Windows 1256 (both of which antedated the Unicode standard).

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