Title

"A Funky Language for Teenzz to Use"

Document Type

Book Chapter

Source of Publication

The Multilingual Internet: Language, Culture, and Communication Online

Publication Date

9-1-2007

Abstract

© Oxford University Press, 2013. This chapter examines how the Roman alphabet and other ASCII symbols such as numerals are used to represent colloquial Gulf Arabic dialect in instant messaging in the United Arab Emirates. This use of ASCII symbols to represent a language normally written in its own standardized alphabet illustrates how language systems and technological systems interact with social meanings and user identities. The study reported here investigated how young educated UAE females use ASCII symbols to represent Arabic sounds; how consistent these representations are; what influences shape the choice of spellings; and what purposes this kind of writing serves for those who use it. ASCII symbol use was found to be moderately consistent and influenced not only by hardware/software considerations, but also by the social connotations of English, Standard Arabic, and local dialect among the users.

ISBN

9780199788248

Publisher

Oxford University Press

First Page

43

Last Page

63

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keywords

Arabic script, Orthography, Roman alphabet, Romanization, UAE, Writing systems

Scopus ID

84920753270

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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