The research reported in this thesis is about the description and
discussion of an experimental document retrieval system for Arabic
texts, using linguistic methods of analysis. Specifically, Arabic
presents difficulties for the efficient retrieval of information because
it is an agglutinative language, thus rendering the stop list method (as
commonly used for English texts) near to useless. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.