Arabization in written discourse in Saudi Arabia

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dc.contributor.advisor Stahlke, Herbert en_US Al-Qahtani, Saad H. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial a-su--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:22:31Z 2011-06-03T19:22:31Z 2000 en_US 2000
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 2000 .A48 en_US
dc.description.abstract In this study I investigate Arabization as a quasi ideological-linguistic phenomenon in Saudi Arabia. First, the study examines decisions and policies employed in Arabization on the planning level. Second, it evaluates empirically the extent to which a set of Arabized words (288 words) is implemented in written discourse. The study addresses also the linguistic processes of coining Arabic derived words for the replacement of foreign terms.Employing a corpus-linguistic framework, a written corpus of 1,068,263 words was compiled from three Saudi newspapers-Al-Jazirah, Ar-Riyadh, and A1-Massaiah. Using a Microsoft-Access database developed for the purpose of the study, the corpus was searched for instances of 288 Arabized words. The results show that Arabized words occur with reasonable frequency in written discourse in Saudi Arabia.Two main variables were found to be significant in the frequency of Arabized words: context (i.e. topic), and method of coinage (the method by which a word was coined into Arabic). For example, Arabized words are more frequent in scientific discourse than in religious discourse, and words that are coined by morphological derivation are more frequent than those made by compounding. Original (English) forms of some Arabized words do occur (14.23%). On the planning level, the study provides a critical evaluation of Arabization in Saudi Arabia, and on the technical level, it provides statistically-supported indications of how such variables i.e. method of coinage and context affect the frequency of Arabized words in the actual language use. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent xi, 247 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Arabic language -- Saudi Arabia -- Reform. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Arabic language -- Saudi Arabia -- New words. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Arabic language -- Saudi Arabia -- Discourse analysis. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Arabic language -- Written Arabic -- Saudi Arabia. en_US
dc.title Arabization in written discourse in Saudi Arabia en_US Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
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