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The Ḥwēṭāt Tribe Dialect from Wādi Ramm - Linguistic and Sociolinguistic Aspects of a Bedouin Dialect in Jordan.


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The āt Tribe Dialect from Wādi Ramm - Linguistic and Sociolinguistic Aspects of a Bedouin Dialect in Jordan. The purpose of this paper is to investigate on the effects of sedentarization and language change on the dialect of the Ḥwēṭāt tribe in Southern Jordan. The sociolinguistic analysis aims at comparing the influence of new urban models, apparently the most prestigious variety in Jordan, with the so-called “Bedouin factor” that basically implies a certain resistance to change strongly connected to ancestry and tribal affiliation. Thus, it is demonstrated that the concept of prestige is often ambiguous and that in everyday interactions a simple accommodation and levelling process takes place.



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Bedouin dialect; Ḥwēṭāt tribe; Southern Jordan; prestige

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13135/2384-8987/626

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