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Thread poster: xxxNaela
Arabic to English
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Aug 15, 2003

Hello everyone

I want recommendations for the best english-english dictionary of collocation, and i also want to know if it is available in middle east region.

the second thing is that i want to know if there are any english-arabic or arabic-english dictionaries of idioms.

last,about COBUILD 2001, is it just another print of COBUILD 98 or a new one?

best regards.

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shfranke  Identity Verified
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English to Arabic
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Context and clarification, please... Aug 15, 2003

Greetings... taHaiya Tayyiba wa b3ad...

Kindly provide some ccontext or otherwise clarify what is meant by that term "collocation?"

There are several (mostly old) bilingual dictionaries available about proverbs and colloquialisms available, but they usually refer to a single country (i.e., Egypt, Syria, Jordan/Palestine or Morocco) wherein the particular compiler / author spent time on field research.

Let me know more about your research interests, and I can probably refer you to some suitable references. Of those, the older and out-of-print items should be available via interlibrary search and loan provided at a good public or university library near you.

Perhaps other subscribers can offer some suggestions.

HTH. Good luck.

Khair, in sha' Allah.


Stephen H. Franke

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thank you very much Aug 20, 2003


thanks for trying to help me, and sorry for not replaying instantly, i was sick.

collocation is the company that a word typically keep with other words, mostly an adjective and a noun, e.g. "heavy tea", we cannot substitute heavy for a synonym, e.g.(*weighty tea) because "tea" collocates typically with "heavy". This falls from the syntagmatic relation between lexemes in the vocabulary.

for more info please check:

if you check any dictionary of linguistic terms you'll find it. i actually dont have serious interests now, but when i decide on something, i will let you know, thanks you very much for your help.

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