The Linguistic Effect of Foreign Asian Workers on the Arabic Pidgin in Saudi Arabia

Hussien Albakrawi


The study aims at investigating the linguistic effect of the Asian workers on Saudi Arabic variety. The study illustrates that the linguistic areas are compatiable with the most universal characteristics of pidgin. Tape-recorded and planned interviews are used to investigate and analyze the collected data. The researcher studies them deeply, then provides with some real examples to give a clear explanation of the linguistic effect of the Asian workers on the Saudi Arabic variety. The study concludes that the Local Saudi Arabic variety is influenced linguistically by the Asian workers in the folloing linguistic areas: lack of inflections, determiner, quantifier, word order, negation copula and verb form and they are complitable with pidgin universals.

Keywords: SAP, SA, Asian workers, diglossia.

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