Acronyms in English and Arabic

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Jihad M. Hamdan

University of Jordan

Shehdeh Fareh

University of Jordan

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

This paper reports the findings of a contrastive analysis of acronymization as a word-formation process in both English and Arabic. In particular, the paper attempts to provide answers to the following questions:

1. What are the mechanisms of acronym formation in both English and Arabic?

2. What are the contexts in which acronyms are used in English and Arabic?

The analysis of the data shows that while the two languages share a number of formation mechanisms, each tends to spare certain mechanisms for its own use.

The analysis also shows that acronyms in Arabic are less frequent and more context-restricted than they are in English. The paper attributes this observation to cultural, scientific and linguistic variables.

Keywords: Arabic acronyms, English acronyms, acronym formation

Suggested Citation

Hamdan, Jihad M. and Fareh, Shehdeh, Acronyms in English and Arabic (2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3061196 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3061196

Jihad M. Hamdan (Contact Author)

University of Jordan ( email )

Jordan
Amman, Amman 11942
Jordan

Shehdeh Fareh

University of Jordan

Jordan
Amman, Amman 11942
Jordan

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