The Lexical Units and Contextual Meaning in Contemporary Nigerian Arabic

  • Abdur-Razaq Aliyy Abolaji Islamic University, Niamey, Republic of Niger
Keywords: Contextual meaning, Lexical meaning, Contemporary Arabic, Lexical unit


Many Nigerian speakers of Arabic are faced with problems related to lexical semantics as a result of over-dependence on the denotative meaning of words. This is because these speakers are unaware of the fact that dictionaries cannot contain all the different options of the contextual meanings of words. This paper attempts to explicate the various contextual problems confronting some Nigerian speakers of Arabic, with a view to proffering solutions to them. It employs and discusses texts from selected Arabic stories, novels and dramas of Nigerian authorship.