Arabic English Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic 4ed

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  • Author: Hans Wehr
  • ISBN: 9780879500030

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The reliability and completeness of the work deserve every praise, as does the practical arrangement of the entries. -- Bibliotheca Orientalis

There can be no doubt that...it is a basic tool for study of modern Arabic. -- Middle East Journal

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Its scholarship, accuracy and reliability make it one of the most significant contributions to Arabic lexicography. It is hoped that this masterpiece will point the way ot wider use of modern lexicographical principles in the compilation of dictionaries for earlier periods of the Arabic language.

Arabic English Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic 4ed

The dictionary arranges its entries according to the traditional Arabic root order. Foreign words are listed in straight alphabetical order by the letters of the word. Arabicized loanwords, if they can clearly fit under some root, are entered both ways, often with the root entry giving reference to the alphabetical listing.
Under a given root, lexical data are, whenever they exist, arranged in the following sequence:
the perfect of the basic stem (stem I)
vowels of the imperfect of stem I
maṣdars (verbal nouns) of stem I
finite derived stem verb forms, indicated by Roman numerals
Nominal forms then follow according to their length (including those verbal nouns and participles which merit separate listings). This ordering means that forms derived from the same verb stem (i.e. closely-related finite verb forms, verbal nouns, and participles) are not always grouped together (as is done in some other Arabic dictionaries). The dictionary does not usually give concrete example forms of finite derived stem verbs, so that the user must memorize the meaning of the stem numbers ("II" through "X") and reconstruct such verb forms based solely on the stem number and the abstract consonantal root.


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