This book aims to identify the origin of a wide corpus of words of the modern Arab whose etymology is borrowed from non-semitic languages. Like an archaeologist of the language, Jean-Claude Rolland research scrupulously the origin of words which he analyzes, without omitting any assumptions and taking into account the studies already conducted in this area. He tries as much as possible, to go bback up to the oldest non-semitic origin of the analyzed term, before retracing the path by which the word was adopted by the Arabic language. Most of the terms included in this dictionary are accompanied by analytical comments that illuminate the work of the author.
Jean-Claude Rolland is a linguist and translator. Researcher at the International Center for Pedagogical Studies in Sèvres, he has notably published the Dictionary of Usual French in collaboration with Jacqueline Pinoche, the Etymological Dictionary of French, and L’arabe parlé au Caire.