Code mixing in 'Ammiyat Al-muthaqqafin: a case study on the use of the b-prefix as a tense marker


This study aims at investigating possible rules that govern code mixing between the two basic varieties (H and L; Ferguson, 1959) at the verbal phrase level (combining linguistic features of Fusha and ‘ammiya in spoken verbal sentences used in ‘ammiyat Al-Muthaqqafin). In this study, the feature of choice is the use of the b-prefix (an aspectual marker used as a prefix with present tense ‘ammiya verbs). In particular, this study aims at analyzing the possible rules that govern the use of the b-prefix from a linguistic perspective. Furthermore, this study attempts to determine whether morphological or syntactic factors affect its use. Finally, the possible effect of the topic on the use of the b-prefix shall be investigated.

Date of Award


Online Submission Date

February 2013

First Advisor

Taha, Zeinab

Committee Member 1

Badawi, El-Said

Committee Member 2

Hassan, Mona

Document Type



171 p.


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