The Identity Of Saudi Arabia

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- Introduction This paper investigates Mehri Identity in Saudi Arabia. Identity can be defined as “how a person understands his or her relationship to the world, how that relationship is structured across time and space, and how the person understands possibilities for the future”, (Norton, 2013). Seeing the language as social practice, we consider its influenced and influencing on our identity. Moreover, in language learning and/or acquisition, identity is subject to change and struggle. For a first look, Saudi Arabia lacks the diversity in concern of languages that other countries have, such as the United States and Canada. However, this monolingual situation is deceivable. Hence, there is a language diversity that need to be addressed and discussed. Mehri language is one of the family languages that are called, South Arabian Languages (SAL). So, the researcher wants to explore Mehri identity in Saudi Arabia in education settings. This statement derives its importance from identity importance in language learning and acquisition. - Mehri Language Mehri language belongs to SAL family languages, which belong to Semitic languages, (AlRowsa, 2014). According to AlRowsa, about 100,000 people speak Mehri. These people are distributed in three countries, Yemen, Oman and Saudi Arabia. Yemen and Oman are on the south of Saudi Arabia. Most Mehri People territories are located there. AlRowsa maintains that it is not the only language spoken in that area. Bathari, Harsusi, Shehri
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