Arabizi Effects on the Arabic language

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‘Arabizi’ Effect on the Arabic language

A focused study at the American University of Sharjah

Table of Contents

I. Introduction 3

II. Literature Review 4
III. Research Question 11
IV. Methodology 11

V. Results 14
VI. Discussion 18
VII. Conclusion 21
VIII. References 23
IX. Appendix 25

I. Introduction: Whenever you walk at the campus of the American University of Sharjah, you will definitely find the young Arab girls wear trendy Western dresses as well as the Arab boys wear stylish Western clothes. And even students with more conservative dresses seem more Western than Eastern. No matter how young Arab people wear or look like nowadays, they even tend to be different in the language they use in typing and communicating.
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However, Kesserwani strongly believes that Arabizi might have severe cultural and linguistic consequences (Salhani, 2013). Education System and Language
The impact of Arab’s over-reliance on English-based technology has affected many other critical aspects of Arab society. As Warschauer explained throughout his book, university-level courses that are taught in English are expanding nowadays to further include other linguistic courses such as Arabic. Consequently, parents are forced to register their children in English-based schools so they can afford a good job in the future and maintain a high status in society (2002). However, this desire for upward social mobility has led to “cultural-linguistic dualism” (Findlow, 2006). Therefore, Arab youth can speak, interact and even live with a linguistic mixture of Arabic and English. However, this phenomenon can lead us to recognize these dramatic concepts “language death”, “language loss”, “language decay” and even “linguistic genocide”, which convey the increasing concerns about the future of the Arabic language (Findlow, 2006).
Education has a critical role to play in the discourse of how the Arabic language is rapidly disappearing from new generations’ lives and heavily displaced by English. Schools nowadays in the Middle East adopt English as the major language of teaching and as a consequence they are teaching Arabic to Arab students as a foreign language:
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