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Performance, Language And Power: Nasrallah's Rhetoric And Mediated Charisma In The Context Of The 2006 July War

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Pidgin and creole are technical terms used by linguists to refer to the varieties that are created and used by groups of people with different languages for the purpose of communication in specific contexts. This chapter focuses on a language variety used in the Arabian Gulf that has Arabic as a lexifier and that might be considered as a pidgin. It is known that pidgins typically lack a sophisticated grammar and structure. However, the chapter aims to examine some syntactic features of a pidginized variety used by non-Arabic foreigners in Saudi Arabia which is labeled in this work as Gulf Asian Pidgin (GAP). The analysis of grammatical data reveals that the variety to which author refers as GAP is a form based on Gulf Arabic (GA). The predication structure in Arabic consists of two constituents: a predicand and a predicate. The use of demonstratives is limited in GAP.

Keywords:Gulf Asian Pidgin (GAP); Saudi Arabia



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