Collocations in English and Arabic: A Comparative Study

Khalil Hasan Nofal


In this paper, an attempt is made to study the term “collocation” as the habitual association between words. It incorporates a fairly detailed analysis of collocation in both English and Arabic. A lot of literature has been written on collocation; yet collocation in both English and Arabic and its relation to lexicography, translation and interpretation in addition to teaching/learning process gained little or even no attention from specialists and scholars. The purpose of this paper is to focus on this important area in an attempt to bring out the nature and significance of collocation and its relation to the above mentioned points. The paper concludes with some remarks and recommendations that could enhance the process of translation and interpretation as well as teaching/learning process. These remarks, findings and recommendation, if best employed, could enhance the quality of teaching, learning and interpreting collocations. Finally, it is hoped that this piece of work will bridge a gap in interpretation, teaching and learning on the one hand, and will motivate further research into other important areas in English and Arabic, on the other.

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