dinsdag, december 08, 2015

Oxford Arabic Dictionary has won several awards

The Oxford Arabic Dictionary (OAD) has won awards from library personnel in both the UK and the US. 

First, there was the Best Print Reference award of 2014 in the category Language and Linguistics from the Library Journal in the USA: http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2015/02/reference/best-reference-2014/, which called the launch of the OAD the “most celebrated reference event of the year”.  Now, in the UK, it has just received the Highly Commended award from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), who called it an “outstanding work of reference”, and praised its clarity and up-to-dateness: https://referisg.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/information-services-group-reference-awards-2015/

Library Journal said: “The most celebrated reference event of the year was the August 28 [2014] publication of the Oxford Arabic Dictionary. Accessible online via subscription and also on mobile and tablet devices, it enables learners to search 333,000 words, phrases, and translations. Arabic news sources called it a “long-awaited and unsurpassed resource” designed to meet the need for Arabic languages skills in the business world, the media, and public life.”

CILIP said: “This work supplants all earlier Arabic/English, English/Arabic dictionaries both in its comprehensive coverage and its use for the modern day.
Based on real modern evidence and computational analysis of hundreds of millions of words of both English and Modern Standard Arabic (the standardized variety of Arabic used in writing and in most formal speech), the dictionary boasts more than 130,000 words and phrases and 200,000 translations. To show how up-to-date it is, we found the Arabic for cyberspace, drone and hacker.”

More information about the CILIP award is also available here:

Here you can read about the relation between the Arabic-Dutch dictionary (Bulaaq publisher, 2003 Amsterdam) and the Arabic-English dictionary (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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