THE TARGET READER – ‘The English-Maltese Dictionary for the 21st Century’ has been specially prepared with an accessible style for the user of Modern Maltese in contact with English texts.
It is a volume, therefore, for professionals, translators, educators, students, journalists, creative writers, politicians, advertisers, after-dinner speakers, crossword fanatics, and any other user of Modern Maltese who wants to find the right word for an English term. It is for the Maltese bilinguals who want to develop further their knowledge of how words are used and what they mean.
THE AUTHOR – Charles Briffa is Professor of Maltese and Translation Studies at the University of Malta. He has translated several technical and literary works and his publications include a wide range of studies in the fields of language, translation and literature, in both Maltese and English.
AN INVALUABLE AID – It has been designed to give users the most practical assistance in selecting the best forms and in considering the most suitable derivatives, especially when they find themselves stumped for the right word in a practical context. It lists current words, general words, specialised terms, derivatives, compound words, idiomatic expressions, verbal phrases that the user is likely to come across in daily communication.
And for all the listed items, there is information on grammatical function, and definitions are clear and straightforward. It takes translation equivalence very seriously, so very often, alternative forms are given to provide the reader with the luxury of lexical variety.
In short, this dictionary is a substantial work that provides a balanced view of contemporary English and Maltese, fully related to modern needs.