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On the verge of extinction: the semantics, pragmatics, and etymology of eight endangered similes in Jish Arabic

Authors
  • Habib, Sandy
Type
Published Article
Journal
Intercultural Pragmatics
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Aug 22, 2022
Volume
19
Issue
4
Pages
513–530
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/ip-2022-4004
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Forum
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Abstract

This study has aimed (1) to look into the meaning and origin of eight similes used by older, but not by younger, native speakers of Jish Arabic and (2) to explicate their meanings using simple, universal human concepts. It is hypothesized that, with the passage of time, these similes will go extinct. That is, not only will they stop being used, but they will also not be recognized by native Jish Arabic speakers. Thus, by discussing their meaning and etymology, these similes can be preserved in writing, especially as Jish Arabic does not have any written records. By explicating them using simple, universal language, their meaning will be accessible to cultural outsiders.

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