English Loanwords in Colloquial Jordanian Arabic

Mohammad Abedltif Al Btoush


The paper explores English loanwords and the reasons behind their increase in the daily speech of sample students chosen randomly at Mu'tah University in Jordan. The sample students are 25 males and 25 females of the faculties of sciences and humanities. To collect the data required, a questionnaire consisting of five questions was developed and given to the respondents. The study shows that students at Mu'tah University use English loanwords in their speech for reasons such as prestige, habits, study need and modernity. The study also reports that English loanwords are used more by subjects of the scientific faculties than by those of the humanities. In addition, females tend to employ English in their daily speech more often than males do. The main reason behind the respondents’ employment of English words instead of Arabic ones is that they assume that such English words have no equivalents in Arabic and these words have become part of their habits. 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ijl.v6i2.5086

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