Prof James Dickins

Professor of Arabic at the University of Leeds

I studied Arabic and Turkish at the University of Cambridge between 1977 and 1980, and then worked as a teacher of English at a government school in Sudan (1980-1982). I began a PhD in linguistics at the New University of Ulster, completing it at the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, where I worked as a lecturer in Arabic/English Translation from 1986-1989. Between 1990 and 2005, I was a lecturer at the University of Durham, and from 2005-2010 a senior lecturer and then professor at the University of Salford. Since 2010, I have been Professor of Arabic at the University of Leeds.

I have published books in a number of areas: 1. structural-functional linguistics (Extended Axiomatic Linguistics, 1998), 2. Arabic language teaching (Standard Arabic: an Advanced Course, with Janet Watson, 1999); 3. Arabic>English Translation (Thinking Arabic Translation, with Sandor Hervey and Ian Higgins, 2002); 4. Sudanese Arabic (Sudanese Arabic: Phonematics and Syllable Structure, 2007). I am currently working on a Syntax of Sudanese Arabic.

I have been married for 23 years, and have two children – one aged 22 and the other 18.

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