Newspaper Stories on HIV/AIDS in Jordan: A Look into the Lexicon

International Journal of Arabic-English Studies (IJAES), Vol 12, 2011

16 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2017 Last revised: 29 Oct 2017

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

The study reported here explored the HIV/AIDS-related lexicon in two mainstream Arabic dailies in Jordan over a period of 21 years. Throughout the time period, the most frequently used term to refer to HIV/AIDS was al-eidz, the Arabicized acronym for 'AIDS'. Both Jordanian and Western media tended to emphasize the role of religion and social values in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The data also showed a significant attitudinal shift, over time, towards HIV/AIDS. This was evident in the gradual disappearance of the negative attributes, e.g. ‘plague of our time’, which were used intensively in the earlier stages to describe HIV/AIDS and people living with it. It was also clear in the slogans used to mobilize the public and other stakeholders to act against the disease. Finally, the study suggested that future research examine the portrayal of HIV/AIDS in the lexicon of tabloids and broadcast and electronic media.

Keywords: Newspaper Stories, HIV/AIDS, Jordan, lexicon

Suggested Citation

Hamdan, Jihad M., Newspaper Stories on HIV/AIDS in Jordan: A Look into the Lexicon (2011). International Journal of Arabic-English Studies (IJAES), Vol 12, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3056916

Jihad M. Hamdan (Contact Author)

University of Jordan ( email )

Jordan
Amman, Amman 11942
Jordan

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