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The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic: Arabic-English, English-Arabic
edited by Mohamed Maamouri
Georgetown University Press
Cloth: 978-1-62616-331-7
Library of Congress Classification PJ6770.26.M33 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 492.77096403


The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic is a modernized, up-to-date dialectal Arabic language resource that promotes successful daily communication with native Moroccan speakers. 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. Thoroughly updated, expanded, and enhanced, this dictionary supersedes the seminal Moroccan dictionaries originally published by Georgetown University Press in the 1960s.

More than just a phrasebook, The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic now includes new words and phrases (including commonly borrowed words), Arabic script and organization by root, pronunciation in IPA format, among other features. Students, teachers, and scholars of Arabic will welcome this resource, which has a firm base of Moroccan words so they may grow their vocabulary and learn more about the Moroccan Arabic variety. It is the second Georgetown University Press Arabic dialect dictionary that the Linguistic Data Consortium has revamped and remains one of the very few Moroccan dialect dictionaries available. 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 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

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

* Contains an appendix showing the roots of words with prefixes to help the learner

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