Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS)

Center for the Study of Language and Society

The Impact of Arabic on English in Asia: Linguistic, social and political influences

Dienstag, 26.11.2019, 16:15 Uhr

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Veranstaltende: Forum Language and Society
Redner, Rednerin: Azirah Hashim (University of Malaya)
Datum: 26.11.2019
Uhrzeit: 16:15 - 17:45 Uhr
Ort: F005
Lerchenweg 36
3012 Bern
Merkmale: Öffentlich

Arabic has a long history of contact with languages outside the Middle East. In Asia, the spread of Arabic began with the trade network that connected the Middle East with South Asia, South-East Asia, East Asia and East Africa from the fifth century (Lapidus, 2015; Beg, 1979). It intensified with the rise of Islam from the seventh century onwards. In this paper,we investigate the impact of Arabic on today’s English in the context of Asian Englishes. More specifically we ask if the contact of Arabic with English in Asia has led to the creation of an Arabic-Islamic layer of English in countries that have a majority or a significant minority of Muslims. We examine if such a layer would add a new dimension to the texture of English and be integrative across national Englishes and if it could also be divisive inside individual countries. In order to explore such issues we created a corpus of Arabic loanwords in Asian Englishes. Such a database will contribute to a better coverage of the impact of Arabic in dictionaries and to the study of English as a (multiple) national, regional and global language.

Beg, M. A. J. 1979. Arabic Loanwords in Malay: A Comparative Study. Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Press.
Lapidus, I. M. 2015. A History of Islamic Societies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press