Acronyms in English and Arabic
14 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2017
Date Written: 2003
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
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