Code-switching among the inhabitants of Amman Jordan : domains, reasons and attitudes

Other Title(s)

التناوب اللغوي لدى سكان مدينة عمان الأردن : مجالاته، و أسبابه و الاتجاهات نحوه

Dissertant

al-Nashshash, Buthaynah Abd al-Aziz

Thesis advisor

Duwayk, Badr Said

University

Middle East University

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of English

University Country

Jordan

Degree

Master

Degree Date

2020

English Abstract

This study aims at investigating the domains, reasons and attitudes of the inhabitants of Amman towards code-switching.

The study seeks to find out: 1.

In what social domains do the Amman residents code-switch between languages and dialects? 2.

What are the reasons that make members of the Amman community code switch between different languages and dialects? 3.

What are the attitudes of the Amman residents towards code-switching between languages and between Jordanian dialects? To achieve the goals of the study, the researcher utilized two instruments namely: open-ended recorded interviews, and a sociolinguistic questionnaire.

The sample of the questionnaire included 199 participants who settled in Amman, 12 participants from Jordanian and other ethnic backgrounds for the interview.

Descriptive and statistical approaches were adopted for collecting and analyzing the data.

Results of the study reveal that the residents of Amman switch from Arabic into English in the following domains; at home, with friends at school or university, while traveling abroad, and while talking with foreigners.

Results also indicate that the Urban dialect of Amman is used in various domains such as with colleagues and classmates at different places such as school, university, work, companies, banks, malls, etc.

The Rural dialect is utilized with relatives in different places and neighborhoods, while the Bedouin and Standard dialects are used lesser.

The study reveal that the causes for inter-dialect switching include “avoid being misunderstood, to make themselves clear, and to express themselves when they are angry”.

The social reasons for code-switching between languages include travelling abroad or talking with foreigners, gaining privacy, and adding connectors while speaking.

Finally, the results show that the inhabitants of Amman show positive attitudes towards the usage of the urban dialect of Amman and English.

Results also show that the residents of Amman developed a less positive attitude towards two Arabic varieties namely the Bedouin variety and the standard one.

The current study recommends expanding the research process in other regions of Jordan, look into the area of inter-dialect switching, and find out the cultural and linguistic variables that affect it

Main Topic

Arabic Language

Topics

No. of Pages

89

Table of Contents

Table of contents.

Abstract.

Abstract in Arabic.

Chapter One : Background of the study.

Chapter Two : Review of literature.

Chapter Three : Methodology and procedures.

Chapter Four : Data analysis.

Chapter Five : Discussion and recommendations.

References.

American Psychological Association (APA)

al-Nashshash, Buthaynah Abd al-Aziz. (2020). Code-switching among the inhabitants of Amman Jordan : domains, reasons and attitudes. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Middle East University, Jordan
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-970881

Modern Language Association (MLA)

al-Nashshash, Buthaynah Abd al-Aziz. Code-switching among the inhabitants of Amman Jordan : domains, reasons and attitudes. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Middle East University. (2020).
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-970881

American Medical Association (AMA)

al-Nashshash, Buthaynah Abd al-Aziz. (2020). Code-switching among the inhabitants of Amman Jordan : domains, reasons and attitudes. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Middle East University, Jordan
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-970881

Language

English

Data Type

Arab Theses

Record ID

BIM-970881