Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

The Institute of Arabic Language for Non-Native Speakers Holds a Seminar on the Language of Youth on Communication Networks

- 2019/01/14

Under the auspices of Dr. Hasan Bukhari, the Dean of the Institute of Arabic Language for Non-Native Speakers, the institute held a seminar entitled, "The Language of Youth on Social Communication Networks". The seminar was given by the institute professors: Dr. Mu`tasim Yusuf, Dr. Ma'mun Al-Dali, and Dr. Tulbah Abdul-Sattar.

The topics of the seminar covered the causes of the origin of this language, the objectives behind it, and the groups that use these linguistic patterns when communicating with others. Their focus was on the alphabetical letters, the change of the Arabic letter to English numerals, and writing Arabic terms and structures with English letters. This method of writing combines the Arabic and English languages, and so is called "Arabish". This method has spread among the young people like wildfire.

Another way of communication among young people entails using half of the word, or part of it, in Arabic and the other part in English. That is called "Arabtini [Latinized Arabic]". There is also a system of communication that uses abbreviations; for example, instead of writing in the message, "As-Salamu Alaykum [Peace and blessings be upon you]", the letters "AA" are written.

The seminar also included the reasons for the emergence of these phenomena. It originated due to the mobile text messages between young people, as when mobile phones were first introduced, their keyboards were only in English, and there were no keyboards in Arabic. Consequently, phone users had to write Arabic with English letters, and any Arabic character that has no equivalent in English was replaced by an English number.

Participants recommended that laws be drafted in accordance with a language code of conduct, and that there should be a linguistic follow-up of these sites, similar to the steps the developed countries, such as France, Japan, Spain and China, took to preserve their languages.