The Linguistic Variants of Allah Expressions in Jordanian Arabic

Abdullah A. Jaradat


This paper is bifocal. Its first purpose is to shed some light on the widespread use of Allah expressions in Jordanian Arabic as well as other dialects of Arabic. These are expressions that are used repeatedly by Muslims on a daily manner in different venues reflecting their belief that Allah alone is the One who has influence over every aspect of their lives. The second purpose is to draw the attention to some expressions containing the word Allah. In some of these expressions, the word Allah has disappeared as a result of being blended into other particles as in the case of jalla meaning “let” and jaallah meaning “barley”. However, in other expression, the word Allah is still witnessed but used in totally new meanings as in expressing astonishment and seeking protection and guidance.


Allah; Islam; Arabic; Pragmatic functions; Variants

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