I wonder if there is any academical resource on the diacritization of Arabic words. Almost all Arabic text is written without diacritics and it is quite challenging to learn all the words. Thanks in advance.
If you take me seriously I would suggest you to try some third grade books in Arabic countries. For two important reasons :
- A great pedagogical experts were involved in the preparation of such books
- They will ease tremendously your introduction into a completely new language's set of rules
After that you need to know that people have no magic at being able to guess words diacritics : you'll learn them almost unconsciously if you do one thing :
- Listen, Listen, Listen to a lot of Arabic (formel of course) in the documentaries, news, radios, just avoid using local dialects because they are different and may confuse you. Seek mainstream Arabic audios instead.
Perhaps, one rule that is general, is that there is a saying :
"العرب لا تقف إلا على ساكن"
which means Arab stops at a non diacritics letter or a letter that has 'soukoun', if you don't understand it now don't worry it is not the first thing to be learned neither.