Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 8 Number 3  September, 2017                                      Pp. 76 -89
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no3.6

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 The Resurfacing of Arabic Qaf [q] in the Speech of Young Ammani Females: A Sociolinguistic Study 

Rose Fowler Al-Hawamdeh
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Foreign Languages, The University of Jordan
Amman, Jordan 

Jihad M. Hamdan
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Foreign Languages, The University of Jorda
Amman, Jordan

 

 

Abstract:
The main objective of this study is to explore the factors that affect the absence of the glottal stop [ʔ] and as a result, the resurfacing of the standard Arabic Qaf variable [q], in certain lexical items of young Ammani females who associate themselves with the Jordanian Arabic madani (‘urban’) dialect of which [ʔ] is a predominant feature. In particular, the study explores why this absence occurs from the perspectives of the speakers themselves in relation to their own language choices. Empirical data are collected through the use of a closed questionnaire and a focus group discussion. The findings reveal that one of the major factors for the resurfacing of [q] is related to the influence of family dialect and social networks and not because the target words are of a religious or formal origin, as once they might have been attested in the speech of older generations.
Keywords: glottal stop [ʔ], Jordanian Arabic, Qaf variant [q], resurfacing, social networks 

Cite as: Al-Hawamdeh, R. F., & Hamdan, J. M.  (2017). The Resurfacing of Arabic Qaf [q] in the Speech of Young Ammani Females: A Sociolinguistic Study. Arab World English Journal, 8 (3).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no3.6

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Rose Fowler Al-Hawamdeh graduated with a Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics and TEFL
from the University of Portsmouth, UK. She is currently studying for her PhD in linguistics at the
University of Jordan, Amman. Her interests lie in Arabic sociolinguistics, the acquisition problems
faced by Arab learners of English, and applied psycholinguistics.