The program aspires to train a select group of qualified researchers in linguistics and lexicography, with the special aim of addressing issues of Arabic language and the study of theoretical and applied linguistics. With this training, the program hopes to fill the gaps observed in the field of Arabic lexicography.
The program aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Mastering the epistemological, methodological and cognitive dimensions of Arabic linguistics and lexicography;
- Achieving an inter-disciplinary understanding of the field, including making use of issues and analysis from other fields to develop the study of linguistics and lexicography;
- Consolidating the concept of the unity of knowledge in the field, including between old and new ideas and practices, as well as across inter-connected disciplines;
- Training students to approach questions and issues from multiple angles;
- Linking theory with application, allowing both the examination of theory and applied results;
- Utilizing the theoretical and practical knowledge in addressing practical issues of the Arabic language.
Much of the training is in line with the needs of the Doha Historical Dictionary of Arabic project, which will provide students with an opportunity to gain practical experience as well as make vital contributions to the endeavor through their master's research projects.
The program encompasses all components of the study of modern linguistics: phonology, morphology, lexicon, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, in addition to the main components of lexicography and terminology and their applications. An inter-disciplinary approach is built into the program's structure, making use of courses in practical linguistics such as sociolinguistics, functional linguistics, discourse analysis, philosophy of language, and computational linguistics. Students will have the opportunity to elect courses of their choice.
The program is taught, designed, and administered by professors who are not only prominent in their fields of study, but have also made clear contributions to the development of theoretical linguistics, in Arabic lexicography, and in utilizing general linguistic knowledge to address issues pertaining to the Arabic language.