Mona Hussein


This thesis explores the pragmatic and syntactic functions of the word /keda/ within a propositional and non-propositonal meaning. It also investigates /keda/within the sentence structure as a propositional meaning and outside the sentence structure as a non-propositional meaning. The analysis of /keda/ is done using a corpus of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic movies. The study uses Wordsmith Tools software to show and analyze the data./Keda/ has different meanings within the sentence structure like ‘this’/’that’, ‘so, ‘in this way’ and other meanings. It has different pragmatic and syntactic functions. When/keda/ is outside the sentence structure, it acts like the discourse markers just, like, sort of or kind of. The findings allow both teachers to better understand and use the word /keda/.


Applied Linguistics Department

Degree Name

MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language

Graduation Date


Submission Date

February 2017

First Advisor

Taha, Zeinab

Committee Member 1

Kamel, Mona

Committee Member 2

Agameya, Amira


113 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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