DEFINITIONS OF LINGUISTIC TERMS IN AN ENGLISH-ARABIC DICTIONARY Several attempts have been made to help Arab translators and students of linguistics understand modern linguistic terminology: Bakalla, et al., Mseddi, and Baraké. All of these dictionaries include glossaries of linguistic terms with Arabic equivalents but without definitions. Such specialized dictionaries lacking definitions, explanations, and examples may, at best, be useful for highly trained specialists. However, for average users, whether translators or students, their usefulness is doubtful. Al-Khuli's English-Arabic dictionary has a major advantage over the other specialized English-Arabic dictionaries of linguistic terms. It contains definitions, explanations, and examples. It concerns itself with theoretical linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, historical linguistics, semantics, morphology, and grammar. The terms are alphabetically arranged, with definitions in Arabic, illustrative examples, and Arabic equivalents. The dictionary is meant to serve students and specialists of English, students and specialists of Arabic, linguists, and those interested in translating linguistic research from English into Arabic. It is not our aim in this paper to discuss the linguistic definitions in al-Khuli's dictionary from the point of view of the methods, i.e., the means the definitions adopt to achieve their purpose (cf. Robinson, Wierzbicka, and Benson, et al.). Our aim is
Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America – Dictionary Society of North America
Published: Apr 4, 1987
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