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ERIC Number: ED109881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 11
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From Gulf Arabic into Modern Standard Arabic: A Pilot Study.
Qafisheh, Hamdi A.
The linguistic situation in the Arabic-speaking world is briefly described, and variation and the factors that cause it are discussed. By reviewing the history of the literary language, it is shown that there exist no native speakers of the literary language, Modern Standard Arabic. The relaity is, rather, a classic case of diglossia. This reality has direct bearing upon which languages should be taught and by what methods. The choice of language is dependent on the goals of the student. When the student intends to learn both a colloquial variety and Modern Standard, the order in which the languages are learned must be considered. This was the point of the study undertaken at the University of Arizona in 1969. Twelve of the 25 subjects, students and staff members of the University of Arizona Environmental Research Laboratory, followed a year's course in Gulf Arabic on the Arizona campus, then went on to a year's course in Modern Standard. The remaining subjects, for the most part professionals, followed a year's course in Modern Standard, and then went on to Gulf Arabic. Results indicate that the students who began their studies with Gulf Arabic were more successful academically and consequently displayed a higher level of motivation. (CLK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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