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Title: Fixed expressions in Saudi Arabic: An introduction and a mini-dictionary
Author: Bahaa-Eddin M. Mazid
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Institution: United Arab Emirates University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics; Translation
Subject Language: Arabic, Standard
English
Abstract: The study provides a compilation of some of the most common prefabricated, or fixed expressions in the northern part of Saudi Arabia, where at least two varieties of Saudi Arabic exist - Najdi and Gulf Arabic, with a lot of borrowing from Iraqi, Syrian and Jordanian dialects. Before a mini-dictionary is provided, the study explores some of the major cultural meanings and pragma-linguistic features of those prefabs, problems involved in the translation thereof from Arabic to English by college-level learners of English as a foreign language and some folk-linguistic insights on such expressions.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed


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