Professor James Dickins

Professor James Dickins


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).

Research interests

Arabic/English translation:

Arabic linguistics:

Sudanese Arabic:

Axiomatic functionalism (functionalist semiotic and linguistic theory):

Research projects

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  • BA in Arabic and Turkish, University of Cambridge, 1982
  • PhD in Arabic LInguistics, Heriot-Watt University, 1990

Professional memberships

  • Member of British Society of Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)
  • Member of British Association for the Teaching of Arabic (BATA)

Student education

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.

Research groups and institutes

  • Arabic

Current postgraduate research students

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