James Dickins has been appointed Professor of Arabic in the Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. He joins us from the University of Salford. Professor Dickins’ main research areas are functionalist linguistics (axiomatic functionalism), Arabic/English translation, and Sudanese Arabic. His publications include the following books: Extended axiomatic linguistics, Standard Arabic: an advanced course (with Janet Watson), Thinking Arabic translation (with Sándor Hervey and Ian Higgins), and Sudanese Arabic: phonematics and syllable structure. For many years, he has been working on a dictionary of Sudanese Arabic, an online version of which is currently available on: http://www.languages.salford.ac.uk/staff/dickins.php
Professor Dickins is particularly keen to develop computer-corpus based approaches to the analysis of Arabic/English translation. His hobbies include gardening and cycling.