A Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic

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528 pp., 6 x 9
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ISBN: 9781589011038 (1589011031)


November 2004
LC: 2004040883

Georgetown Classics in Arabic Languages and Linguistics series
A Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic
Moroccan-English/English-Moroccan
Richard S. Harrell and Harvey Sobelman, Editors
Foreword by Elizabeth M. Bergman

This classic volume presents the core vocabulary of everyday life in Morocco—from the kitchen to the mosque, from the hardware store to the natural world of plants and animals. It contains myriad examples of usage, including formulaic phrases and idiomatic expressions. Understandable throughout the nation, it is based primarily on the standard dialect of Moroccans from the cities of Fez, Rabat, and Casablanca. All Arabic citations are in an English transcription, making it invaluable to English-speaking non-Arabists, travelers, and tourists—as well as being an important resource tool for students and scholars in the Arabic language-learning field.


Karin C. Ryding and Margarett Nydell
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"This dictionary is designed to serve the practical needs of Americans whose livesbring them into contact with Morocco and Moroccans. The aim of the compilers has been to present the core vocabulary of everyday life. No attempt has been made to cover dialect variations or specialized vocabularies....The entries are based on the speech of educated Moroccans from the cities of Fez, Rabat, and Casablanca. Except for minor variations, their usage may be taken as typical of urban speech in general."—From the Introduction