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ERIC Number: EJ1163004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0155-0640
Road Sign Romanization in Oman: The Linguistic Landscape Close-Up
Jamoussi, Rafik; Roche, Thomas
Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, v40 n1 p40-70 2017
Throughout the Arab Gulf States, bilingual road signs are the norm, employing both Arabic and a romanized counterpart for the large expatriate population. The existing romanization is inconsistent, with potentially misleading variant spellings of place names signposting the region. This study provides a linguistic analysis of signs on the arterial road running from Muscat, Oman, toward Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in an effort to identify linguistic factors leading to discrepant renderings. The authors identify the wavering between transcription and transliteration and the hesitancy between the local and the standard language varieties as the main sources of discrepancies. These findings constitute the groundwork for initiatives intent on addressing the situation. Guidelines are provided for policy makers indicating the various aspects remedial work on signage in Oman should take into account.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oman; United Arab Emirates
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