The Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics of ʔa:di in Jordanian Spoken Arabic

Mahmoud Ali Kanakri, Ahmad Mohammad Al-Harahsheh


The present paper aims at studying the discourse functions of the discourse marker “ʔa:di” in Jordanian Spoken Arabic. The data analyzed consisted of 20 video-taped dyadic conversations in Jordanian Arabic. These conversations were transliterated and then translated into English. Discourse analysis is employed as a theoretical framework for the current study. The study concludes that the adjective “ʔa:di” has many discoursal functions, its pragmatic meaning relies on the context of situation and its translatability is cultural specific.

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International Journal of English Linguistics   ISSN 1923-869X (Print)   ISSN 1923-8703 (Online)

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