Types and Functions of English Code Switching Employed in Arab Soap Operas at Jordanian and Nile Drama TVs

Mohammad Al-Shehab, Abd Al-Rhman Al-Okour


This study aims at analyzing the functions and types of English Code Switching (CS) used by the Actors in Jordan and Nile drama TVs. To allow data collection and to achieve the purpose of the study, the researchers observed 90 hours of Arab series “Musalsalat” in Jordan and Nile Drama TVs in the month of Ramadan 2017. The collected data represented by the Arabic sentences that included English CS, they were analyzed and investigated quantitatively and qualitatively. Quantitatively, percentages and ranks were computed for the functions and types of English CS, and qualitatively, the researchers analyzed the data based on Discourse Analysis (DA) principles. The results showed that the use of intra-sentential switching was more dominant than inter-sentential switching. It also showed that the use of interjection function was more common than other functions. Finally, the study was concluded with some recommendations and suggestions for future researches.


English Code-switching, Bilingual, Arab Actors, Jadara University

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