With temporary support from the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation I am currently working on a Palestinian-German dictionary. The work is based on my Glossary for the texts from the villages around Ramallah. In two sabbatical years on the West Bank over 13.000 words with usage samples have been collected, grouped into more than 4.000 Semitic roots. In the third phase of the project missing words from the dialectological literature are incorporated, with an exact reference. After incorporation of the dictionaries and glossaries of Leonhard Bauer, Gustaf Dalman, Hans Schmidt/Paul Kahle, Georg Kampffmeyer, Issam Halayqa, Max Löhr, Moshe Piamenta, Yohanan Elihay, Aharon Geva-Kleinberger and Spoer/Haddad, Lydia Einsler, Eberhard Baumann, Stephan H. Stephan, Taufik Canaan, Karl Jäger et al the work contains over 8,600 roots with more than 30,000 entries. Nearly 11,000 usage samples or compound expressions are added.
The dictionary contains both old vocabulary on the brink of extinction as well as the modern youth language. It will appear in print as book in the next years.
A Bibliography on Palestinian Arabic: [PDF]
Contact: Ulrich Seeger