Julia Schultz University of Heidelberg „The impact of Arabic on the English lexicon since 1801.”


Arabic borrowings which were introduced into English during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have as yet been relatively neglected in previous investigations. The present paper will analyse the influence of Arabic on English vocabulary since 1801. The results presented in this study rely on a comprehensive lexicographical sample of 302 nineteenth‑ and twentieth‑century Arabic borrowings collected from the Oxford English Dictionary Online. The Arabic‑derived words under consideration will be divided into various subject areas and spheres of life (such as the fine arts and crafts, gastronomy, politics, Islam) in order to give a rounded picture of the fields from which Arabic borrowings were adopted into English during the last two centuries.

Keywords: lexicology, language contact, Arabic influence on the English vocabulary, online dictionaries in lexicological research.

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