Professor James Dickins
- Position: Professor of Arabic
- Areas of expertise: Arabic/English translation; Arabic linguistics; Sudanese Arabic; axiomatic functionalism (functionalist semiotic and linguistic theory)
- Email: J.Dickins@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 1311
- Location: Room 4.05 Michael Sadler Building
I have a BA in Arabic and Turkish from the University of Cambridge (1980) and a PhD in Arabic Linguistics from Heriot-Watt University (1990). I taught English in Sudan from 1980-1982, and taught Arabic and Arabic>English translation at the University of Cambridge, Heriot Watt University, and the universities of St. Andrews, Durham, Salford and Leeds. I am currently Professor of Arabic at Leeds. His publications include Standard Arabic: An Advanced Course (1998, with Janet Watson), Extended Axiomatic Linguistics (1999), Thinking Arabic Translation (2002; 2nd edition 2016, with Sandor Hervey and Ian Higgins), and Sudanese Arabic: Phonematics and Syllable Structure (2007).
Axiomatic functionalism (functionalist semiotic and linguistic theory): https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/147863<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- BA in Arabic and Turkish, University of Cambridge, 1982
- PhD in Arabic LInguistics, Heriot-Watt University, 1990
- Member of British Society of Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)
- Member of British Association for the Teaching of Arabic (BATA)
I am mainly involved in PhD supervision. I also teach Arabic>English translation at Masters level, and comparative Arabic/English stylistics at Masters level and Arabic stylistics undergraduate level.
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