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Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (English and Arabic Edition)
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    The reliability and completeness of the work deserve every praise, as does the practical arrangement of the
    entries. -- Bibliotheca Orientalis

    There can be no doubt is a basic tool for study of modern Arabic. -- Middle East Journal

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    This edition of the Dictionary, published eighteen years after its first appearance is an enlarged and
    improved version of it original corpus. During the past two decades, the Dictionary has achieved widespread acceptance
    and use. In the interim, modern written Arabic has continued to exhibit vigorous lexical growth. Therefore, feeling the
    need to fill in many gaps and update the corpus, the author again undertook systematic collection of material. In
    addition to many neologisms of recent origin, the author has incorporated much older material attested in present-day
    contexts, which had not yet appeared in the Dictionary, as well as numerous improvements and corrections. The result is
    this revised 4th edition has nearly 200 new pages.

    All new entries have been derived from primary sources, i.e. from running contexts. The source texts, predominately from
    the last ten years, cover a broad spectrum of content, style and origin, thereby providing a representative cross
    section of modern usage encountered in various fields such as technology, economics, sports, medicine, the oil industry
    and the natural sciences, as well as creative literature. Particular use was made of texts from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon
    and Saudi Arabia which were drawn from newspapers, periodicals, textbooks, official and private documents and
    belles-lettres; some use was also made of the press of the northwest African countries. The number of new entries,
    including lemmata as well as compounds, idiomatic phrases and new definitions of head words, runs to approximately
    13,000. Moreover, in about 3,000 instances, smaller additions (new transcriptions, plural forms, prepositional
    government of verbs, cross-references, etc.) have been inserted, errors corrected, obsolete entries eliminated. Some
    lemmata have been completely reworked.

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