The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic

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760 pp., 7 x 10.25
ISBN: 9781626163317 (1626163316)

February 2019
LC: 2016299062


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The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic
Arabic-English, English-Arabic
Mohamed Maamouri Editor,

The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic is a modernized language resource for learning and studying Moroccan Arabic that updates the pioneering Arabic dialect dictionary published by Georgetown University Press over fifty years ago. Students, teachers, and scholars of Arabic will welcome this upgraded resource, which includes key Moroccan words, to grow their vocabulary and learn more about Moroccan Arabic language and culture. Created using the latest computational linguistics approaches and tools, this etymological dictionary represents a new generation of Arabic language reference materials designed to help English speakers gain proficiency in colloquial Arabic dialects. Scholars and linguists are certain to find this complex and challenging dialect informative and useful in discussions of Arabic dialectology.

• Features over 13,000 Moroccan Arabic-English entries and 8,000 English-Arabic entries

• Provides entries in Arabic script and organized by root, as is standard in Arabic dictionaries

• Employs International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) for all terms to demonstrate correct pronunciation and allow comparison across dialects

• Includes borrowed words commonly used in Moroccan Arabic, such as those from French, Spanish, and Amazigh

• Contains extensive example sentences and an appendix showing the roots of words with prefixes, both to help learners

Mohamed Maamouri is a retired professor of linguistics at the Manouba University in Tunisia and a retired senior researcher and research administrator at the Linguistic Data Consortium at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directed the Arabic Treebank Group and the development of Arabic lexical resources and projects. He specializes in Arabic computational linguistics and Natural Language Processing, Arabic literacy and reading, language development, language planning, corpus linguistics, educational linguistics, and sociolinguistics.

Table of Contents

Linguistic Map of Morocco
How to Use this Dictionary
How to Pronounce Moroccan Arabic

Part I: Moroccan to English
Part II: English to Moroccan

Appendix A: List of Roots for Words with Prefixes
Appendix B: Words with Amazigh Origins