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Do classical Arabic verb forms have a passive-active relationship like some Hebrew "buildings" do?

Typically Semitic languages form true passive verbs as "internal" passives formed by a change in the vowels of the stem, with "external" passives formed with affixes (possibly in ...
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Numbers in Arabic Netspeak

These numbers are chosen to resemble various Arabic letters that don't have Latin equivalents. 2 is ء 3 is ع‎ 5 is خ 6 is ط‎ 7 is ح‎ 9 is ص‎ You can see that the number vaguely resembles the shape ...
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How to "remove diacritics" from Arabic text in unicode?

It seems to me that the issue is defining what you mean by "diacritic". You strip the under-dots from yeh, but not from beh.You strip off hamza, maddah, nukta but preserve the diacritic in ...
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Is this Wikipedia Arabic dialects map correct about Badawi Arabic, and what is Badawi Arabic?

No, this map is not correct. It was recently removed from Wikipedia because it has numerous errors & is largely unsourced. With regard to "Badawi Arabic", this map collapses a ...
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Determining factor for the default inflection of a noun

It seems that the appropriate verb to fill in is "deemed", which is about analyst attitudes and mostly not about the structure of (the) language itself. You would have to ask the lecturer ...
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How did so many Arabic letters converge to hold the same shape?

This convergence took place at two different levels. First there is the purely graphic evolution of the Aramaic-based scripts, leading (in Arabic) to the merger of “j” and “ḥ”, or of “r” and “z”, and ...
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