Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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English may be considered a typical case of a European language indebted to Arabic (often through the intermediary of another language). Many loanwords, direct or indirect, are in the semantic spheres of astronomy (Pei 1967:225 states that 125 out of 183 star names are from Arabic, with 9 more coming from Arabic via Latin), chemistry, agriculture, clothing, commerce, mathematics, military science, the realm of Islam, and so forth.

Arabic is well known as an international language, and Islam's holy book, the Qurʾān, has spread from the western part of the Arabian Peninsula al…

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Alan Kaye, “English”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol2_0003>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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