Grethel Aguila

Grethel Aguila

Codeswitching in Arabic-language media


Grethel Aguila


Dr. Youssef Haddad


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


The diglossic situation of the Arab world (Middle East and North Africa) is an unusual linguistic feature. With two different forms of Arabic that are reserved for certain situations, there is an emergence of codeswitching. This codeswitching seeps into many facets of life, including in more formal domains, such as news and media. However, with the diversity of the region, especially in terms of dialect, codeswitching may take place in various ways. To explore these codeswitching patterns, data comes from transcribed news segments in a pan-Arab outlet (Al Jazeera) and national outlets divided by major regions (North Africa, Egypt, the Levant and the Gulf). This study aims to analyze codeswitching and if its usage differs among the different outlets.


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