This is a qualitative study designed to examine the growing linguistic practice of codeswitching in a sociolinguistic context. For this purpose, 7 Egyptian Arabic films were purposefully selected to investigate what social variables and contexts can be associated with codeswitching. Data was sampled in 43 experts from the 7 films. The data was analyzed in terms of the social variables of education, social class, identity, stance, and age, within the theoretical framework of the critical discourse analysis, the accommodation theory, and the social arena theory. Although the study started with these social variables in mind, data analysis revealed two additional variables that may trigger codeswitching: jobs and intense emotions. Moreover, the study concludes that codeswitching is not merely a product of linguistic factors but also because of sociological reasons. In addition, it poses a few questions that highlight more aspects of codeswitching that may interest future research.


School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Applied Linguistics Department

Degree Name

MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language

Graduation Date

Winter 1-31-2024

Submission Date


First Advisor

Dr. Zeinab Taha

Committee Member 1

Dr. Ashraf Abdou

Committee Member 2

Dr. Nihal Nagi Sarhan


128 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis

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