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The Terminological Issue in Arabic Revisited: The Case of Discourse Analysis Terms

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This corpus-based study investigates the Arabic terminology of discourse analysis. The data of the study include the Arabic counterparts of forty basic English terms in discourse analysis as proposed in four bilingual English-Arabic dictionaries of linguistics. The study has revealed that the Arabic terminology of discourse analysis is still far from being stable and standardized. The major problematic aspects of such terminology is the presence of a multiplicity of corresponding forms for one and the same English term in discourse analysis, the conceptual imprecision, the vagueness and ambiguity of many such forms, as well as the inconsistency in their usage. Several linguistic and non-linguistic causes for this state of affairs have been identified. The writer offers some suggestions that would help in the standardization of the Arabic terminology of discourse analysis.

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