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Subordination refers to a syntactic dependency between clauses in a multiclausal sentence, in which the subordinate clause must be annexed to an independent clause but not conversely. As such, subordination in Arabic is a large topic, various aspects of which are dealt with in other entries (circumstantial clauses; ḥāl clauses; ʾinna wa-ʾaxawātuhā; relative clauses). This entry deals with the form of subordination known ascomplementation, whereby a subordinate clause bears a nominal function signaled by a particle introducing it, known as a complementizer.

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Mark S. LeTourneau, “Subordination”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0323>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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