The Creation of Terminology in Arabic
Ramadan Ahmed Elmgrab

Arabic language is the means whereby Arabs who inhabited the area extended from the Arabian Gulf to the Atlantic Ocean can communicate and, as such, is a strong factor in the Arab nation unity. Due to the fact that new terms are being created almost every day, it was natural therefore that Arab grammarians advocate that wordformation should, as far as possible, be carried out using the native lexical resources of the language. In addition, loan translations and direct borrowings from other languages should come to an end. The main aim of this paper is to investigate the applicability of the main methods put forward by early Arab grammarians to create and introduce new Arabic terms in order to cope with the flow of modern terminologies. This paper is based on a comparison between these methods to look into their workability and suitability in handling the problem of finding Arabic equivalents of foreign terms.

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