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Academic Paper

Title: Genre Analysis of Egyptian Arabic Written Wedding Invitation
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Author: Yasser A. Gomaa
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Institution: Assiut University
Author: Ashraf Girgis Abdel-Malak
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Arabic, Standard
Abstract: The primary assumption underlying the present study is that Egyptian Arabic Written Wedding Invitations (EAWWIs) can meaningfully be characterized as a genre. The present study is an attempt to identify the generic constituent moves of EAWWIs and observe how such functional moves are used strategically. Therefore, the researchers adopted the Swalesian genre move analysis approach. A corpus of 300 written wedding invitations drawn from all the governorates of Egypt was used for this study. Genre analysis of the corpus indicated that, in addition to the primary function of inviting the receiver to attend the particular wedding party detailed in the invitation, the EAWWIs communicate a lot of information about the socio-cultural norms and practices encoded in the rhetorical and organizational components of this type of genre. It was also found that EAWWIs are elaborate in the information they convey. They are intended to communicate information about the reciprocal relationship between members of the families on social occasions in the Egyptian society. Results also indicated that Muslim and Christian EAWWIs have a lot in common in terms of their schematic structure and communicative purpose.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Journal of the Faculty of Arts, Assiut University, Egypt, Vol. 33, January 2010, 9-47.
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