Moroccan Arabic - English Lexical Database

Item Name: Moroccan Arabic - English Lexical Database
Author(s): Mohamed Maamouri, David Graff
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2023L01
ISLRN: 107-292-828-045-8
Release Date: June 15, 2023
Member Year(s): 2023
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): dictionaries
Project(s): DOE/IRS2008-0256
Application(s): language teaching, machine translation, part of speech tagging, pronunciation modeling
Language(s): Moroccan Arabic, English
Language ID(s): ary, eng
License(s): Moroccan Arabic - English Lexical Database Agreement
Online Documentation: LDC2023L01 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Maamouri, Mohamed, and David Graff. Moroccan Arabic - English Lexical Database LDC2023L01. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2023.


Moroccan Arabic - English Lexical Database was developed by the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC). It is comprised of a set of five interrelated tables presenting each Moroccan Arabic word as an orthographic form in Arabic script and a pronunciation form in International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) format. This release contains over 21,000 Moroccan Arabic words in Arabic script and IPA notation and more than 33,000 English tokens.

This lexical database is the result of a collaboration with Georgetown University Press (GUP) to enhance and update three dialectal Arabic dictionaries -- Iraqi, Moroccan and Syrian -- originally published in paper form in the 1960s by GUP.  LDC also undertook to develop a lexical database for each dialect. The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic was published in 2019; this work was based on, and expanded, A Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic.

The several enhancements developed by LDC included facilitating comparisons across Arabic dialects and Modern Standard Arabic by providing Arabic script spellings and IPA pronunciations to Moroccan words and phrases; promoting ease of use by language learners and researchers by developing reasonable orthographic conventions for applying the Arabic alphabet to the dialect; and facilitating a user's understanding of morphological and lexical relations by adding information on the linguistic structures of Moroccan Arabic.


The number of entries in each table are as follows:

  • Roots 3,567
  • Lemmas 14,255
  • Wordforms 19,927
  • Definitions 24,911
  • Phrases 4,418

Each table is presented as a tab-delimited, plain-text file with Unicode UTF-8 character encoding and UNIX/Linux-style line terminations (line-feed character only, no carriage-return).


This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Education International Research Studies Program (#P017A0800441) with additional support from GUP and LDC.


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