17.1990, Qs: Use of 'Inshallah'; Corpus Based on Oral Narratives

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Subject: 17.1990, Qs: Use of 'Inshallah'; Corpus Based on Oral Narratives

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1)
Date: 04-Jul-2006
From: Safiyyah Saleem < ssaleem98 at gmail.com >
Subject: How Native English Speaking Muslims Use 'Inshallah' 

2)
Date: 04-Jul-2006
From: Lilian Guerrero < lguerrero at capomo.uson.mx >
Subject: Corpus Based on Oral Narratives 

	
-------------------------Message 1 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2006 11:23:18
From: Safiyyah Saleem < ssaleem98 at gmail.com >
Subject: How Native English Speaking Muslims Use 'Inshallah' 
 

Hello,

I am doing a research paper for a graduate sociolinguistics course.  We are
supposed to be looking at language variation.  I chose to look at the use of
'Inshallah' (God willing in Arabic), 'Maybe', and 'Hopefully' among native
English speakers in the American Muslim population.

I think that at times when speaking to other Muslims native English speaking
Muslims will use 'Inshallah.'  And in other social context (Non Muslims are
present or for some other reason) they will use 'hopefully', 'maybe' or
translate 'Inshallah' as 'God willing'.

I've been looking for books and articles on this topic but haven't found any
that deal with this particular variation specifically.  Do you know of any such
resources?  I am tempted to think that I will not have any, so I started to look
at it from three different sociolinguistic areas:

1. As a case of language borrowing (from Arabic)
2. The use of hedging and modifiers in English
3. The overall topic of language variation

In addition to any resources that you think relate to this topic, can someone
who is familar with Arabic (or the American Muslim community) tell me if this
even a valid way of looking at this phenomenon?

Thank you,
Safiyyah Saleem 

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                     Sociolinguistics



	
-------------------------Message 2 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2006 11:23:21
From: Lilian Guerrero < lguerrero at capomo.uson.mx >
Subject: Corpus Based on Oral Narratives 

	

I am working on a project on complex constructions in Uto-Aztecan languages,
specifically, the preference of certain complement-taking predicates to appear
within same-subject and/or different subject constructions.  At this stage, I am
analyzing data from oral narratives, e.g. traditional short stories and
folktales, as well as life's stories (historia de vida); not including
conversations, written texts, and other narrative types such as novels, poetry.
In order to corroborate my findings in a particular linguistic family, I would
like to explore oral text-based corpus in other languages, including other
Amerindian languages. 

Does anyone have any suggestion on any available corpus? I am even considering
spoken Spanish and English related to life's stories. It would be very helpful
if they are glossed, transcribed and translated into either Spanish or English.

I would appreciate any feedback; thanks so much!! 

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Uto-Aztecan




 



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