The phonology of English loanwords in UHA

Aloufi, Aliaa (2017) The phonology of English loanwords in UHA. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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This thesis investigates the phonology of loanword adaptation focusing on English
loanwords in Urban Hijazi Arabic (UHA). It investigates the segmental adaptations of
English consonants that are absent in UHA as well as the various phonological adaptations
of illicit syllabic structures. It is based on dataset of around 100 English loanwords that
were integrated into UHA that contain several illicit consonants and syllable structures in
the donor language. This dataset is compiled from different published sources along with a
data collection exercise. The first significant source is Abdul-Rahim (2011) a dictionary of
loanwords into Arabic, while the other one is Jarrah’s (2013) study of English loanwords
into Madinah Hijazi Arabic (MHA) adopting the on-line adaptation. The third source is
original pronunciation data collected from current UHA speakers. Furthermore, the Oxford
English Dictionary (OED) was consulted for the etymology and transcription of the English
The goal is to provide a thorough analysis of these phonological patterns whether
consonantal or syllabic ones found in the adaptation of English loanwords into UHA. To
accomplish this, the adaptations have been analysed according to two theoretical
frameworks: the Theory of Constraints and Repair Strategies Loanword Model (TCRSLM)
proposed by Paradis and LaCharité (1997) and Optimality Theory (OT) introduced by
Prince and Smolensky (1993). The different proposed analyses in this study facilitated an
evaluation of the adequacy of each of these theories in accounting for the discussed
phonological patterns found in UHA loan phonology. The thesis concludes that OT better
explains the adaptations, but neither theory fully accounts for the variety of adaptations
found in UHA.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0101 Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar
P Language and Literature > PE English > PE1001 Modern English
P Language and Literature > PJ Oriental philology and literature > PJ6001 Arabic
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 25 May 2017 13:02
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2022 15:37

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