The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic

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760 pp., 7 x 10
ISBN: 9781626163317 (1626163316)

December 2017
LC: 2016299062



The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic
Arabic-English, English-Arabic
Mohamed Maamouri, Editor
The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic is a modernized, up-to-date Arabic, dialect language resource that promotes successful daily communication with native Moroccan speakers. Students, teachers, and scholars of Arabic will welcome this resource, which includes key Moroccan words to grow vocabulary and learn more about Moroccan Arabic. Created using the latest computational linguistics ideas and tools, the dictionary represents a new generation of Arabic language reference materials designed to help English speakers gain proficiency in colloquial Arabic variety.

The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic includes more words and phrases (including commonly borrowed words from French and Amazigh), entries in Arabic script and organization by root, and pronunciation in IPA format, among other features that improve upon the Moroccan dictionaries originally published by Georgetown University Press in the 1960s. Scholars and linguists are certain to find its presentation of 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 conventional Arabic script for main entries, organized by root, as standard for 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 Amazigh and French

• 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 primarily in Arabic linguistics, reading, language development, corpus linguistics, and sociolinguistics.