Bilingual dictionaries of English and Arabic for Arabic-speaking advanced learners of English.
Several aspects of bilingual lexicography of English with Arabic
are investigated in this study. Responses from 499 subjects to a
questionnaire survey are analyzed in order to acquire information
concerning a number of issues. Among these are the image of the
English-Arabic dictionary as perceived by this population as well as
the habits of dictionary use that prevail among the respondents.
The historical development of this type of dictionary is outlined
and the theoretical background to Arabic-English lexicography is
surveyed. Some interesting characteristics of the investigated
population of dictionary users emerge, e. g. the vast scale of
dictionary ownership and the great degree of enthusiasm for dictionary
After the Introduction In Chapter I, Chapter II provides the
historical perspective of bilingual dictionaries of Arabic and
English. Chapter III surveys the theoretical background to the study
and presents the empirical methods used. Chapters IV and V provide
a discussion of the data gained from the dictionary user survey.
Chapter VI forms the conclusion to the study which includes some
recommendations. Areas such as bilingual lexicography with Arabic
as a source language, and Arabic monolingual lexicography were found
to be in urgent need of further investigation.