Sheikh Sultan launched on Tuesday, 19 new volumes of the Historical Dictionary of the Arabic Language at the headquarters of the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah.
Sharjah’s decision to embark on a groundbreaking project to chronicle 17 centuries of development in the Arabic language, spanning 5 distinct time periods, certainly heralds a new era for the Arabic language lexicon.
Upon completion at an estimated timeframe of 6 years, this will be the most comprehensive historical corpus of the Arabic language undertaken till date.
Ethnically Taiwanese, but raised in Panama, Chiu says that she was unaware of the richness and diversity of Arabic until she began learning the language.
“Arabic is one of the longest living languages. We are here to celebrate Arabic language experts who gathered to work for years to document the roots and meanings of the Arabic language alphabet," Sheikh Sultan said.