[Corpora-List] "Tajweed" in English dictionaries and corpora

Michael Rundell michael.rundell at lexmasterclass.com
Thu Feb 28 18:14:32 CET 2013


As far as dictionaries go, the Macmillan English Dictionary (http://www.macmillandictionary.com/) includes a thesaurus, and one of the categories is words relating to Islam - there are about 70 i think. You can see them all here: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/thesaurus-category/british/Islam_7

A couple of caveats: -this is a general-purpose pedagogical dictionary so definitions are not detailed and coverage is not extensive -we're not omniscient, so there may be some inaccuracies, and there are sure to be other good candidates currently missing

But the good thing about online dictionaries is that (a) you can update them regularly, rather than waiting 5 years for a new printed edition, and (b) you can fix things that are inaccurate or misleading.

Thanks for 'tajweed', which corpus data suggests we should include. I've added it to the list of items for our next-but-one update (the next update is already too far down the line). And if anyone has other suggestions (or proposed improvements to existing Islam-related entries) please send to me at michael.rundell at lexmasterclass.com


----- Original Message ----- From: "Eric Atwell" <E.S.Atwell at leeds.ac.uk> To: "CORPORA discussion forum" <corpora at uib.no> Cc: "Eric Atwell" <e.s.atwell at leeds.ac.uk> Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:03 AM Subject: [Corpora-List] "Tajweed" in English dictionaries and corpora

> Can anyone point me at research on vocabulary related to Islam,
> and how it figures in British dictionaries and corpora?
> (other than "Terrorism" of course - well-researched by corpus linguists
> :-)
> We have a UK-EPSRC project on "Natural Language Processing Working
> Together With Arabic And Islamic Studies", focussing on Tajweed.
> I've just discovered a Quite Interesting fact about Tajweed:
> It is worth noting that even though "Tajweed" is a term understood by
> most British muslims (2.7 million or 5% of the UK population according
> to UK Census 2011), the word is left out of most British English
> dictionaries: it is not found in the Oxford English Dictionary, the
> Collins English Dictionary, or the Longman Dicitionary of Contemporary
> English. "Tajweed" is also not found in the 100-million-word British
> National Corpus, although Google search for "tajweed" reports "About
> 1,800,000 results".
> The only English-language "dictionary definition" I could find for
> "Tajweed" was in Wikipedia:
> Tajw.d (Arabic: ...... ta.w.d: IPA: [tŠ.wi.d]) is an Arabic word for
> elocution and refers to the rules governing pronunciation during
> recitation of the Qur'an.
> I would have thought that, although the word is Arabic by origin, it is
> now a fully-British English loan word, used by many British English
> speakers....
> Eric Atwell, Associate Professor, Language research group,
> I-AIBS Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Biological Systems
> School of Computing, Faculty of Engineering, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
> Leeds LS2 9JT, England. TEL: 0113-3435430 FAX: 0113-3435468
> WWW: http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/eric
> http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/nlp
> http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/arabic


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