A Pragmatic Contrastive Analysis of Greeting Strategies in Jordanian Arabic and English


  • Lubna Ahmad Shawish Ministry of Education Jordan/North Ghour




speech acts, illocutionary acts, verbal greeting


The aim of this research paper is to find the similarities and differences that exist in the sociolinguistic dimensions of greeting forms and strategies in Arabic and English. A DCT instrument was used to collect data from a sample that consisted of 30 Second Secondary Grade Students in North Ghore Directorate of Education. The results revealed that there are varied forms and patterns of Arabic in contrast with English according to Halliday’s classification (1979) of time-free and time-bound forms. Moreover, it was found that oral speech strategies were most common in the Arabic language than the English one.


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Author Biography

Lubna Ahmad Shawish, Ministry of Education Jordan/North Ghour

Supervisor of English Language


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How to Cite

Shawish, L. A. . (2019). A Pragmatic Contrastive Analysis of Greeting Strategies in Jordanian Arabic and English. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 7(8), 104–123. https://doi.org/10.31686/ijier.vol7.iss8.1656