Egyptian Colloquial Arabic Lexicon

Item Name: Egyptian Colloquial Arabic Lexicon
Author(s): Hanaa Kilany, H Gadalla, Howaida Arram, A Yacoub, Alaa El-Habashi, C McLemore
LDC Catalog No.: LDC99L22
ISBN: 1-58563-155-8
ISLRN: 155-303-991-688-2
Release Date: July 11, 2002
Member Year(s): 1997, 1999
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): telephone conversations
Project(s): Hub5-LVCSR, GALE, EARS
Application(s): speech recognition
Language(s): Egyptian Arabic
Language ID(s): arz
License(s): CALLHOME Lexicon Agreement (Commercial)
CALLHOME Lexicon Agreement (Non-Commercial)
CALLHOME Lexicon Agreement (Non-Member)
Online Documentation: LDC99L22 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Kilany, Hanaa, et al. Egyptian Colloquial Arabic Lexicon LDC99L22. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 1997.


This lexicon represents the first electronic pronunciation dictionary of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA), the spoken variety of Arabic found in Egypt. The dialect of ECA that this dictionary represents is Cairene Arabic.


The lexicon contains 51,202 entries, drawn from 140 CALLHOME telephone conversations among native speakers of Colloquial Egyptian Arabic, collected and published by the LDC as follows: CALLHOME Egyptian Arabic Speech LDC97S45, CALLHOME Egyptian Arabic Transcripts LDC97T19, CALLHOME Egyptian Arabic Speech Supplement LDC200237 and CALLHOME Egyptian Arabic Transcripts Supplement LDC2002T38. The lexicon also contains entries derived manually from the Badawi & Hines dictionary of Colloquial Egyptian Arabic.

The lexical entries are written one to a line with tab-separated fields, including orthographic representation in both the LDC romanization as well as Arabic script, morphological, phonological, stress, source, and frequency information for each word.

Here is a sample page.

Relative to earlier versions of the Arabic Pronouncing Lexicon, this release provides not only a significant increase in the number of entries, but also a significant effort to improve the quality and consistency of all entries.


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