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Talk About Language: 'Like or else...!'

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START DATE 3 February 2015
START TIME 02:00pm

V103, Vine Building, Hendon campus, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 3 February 2015
END TIME 03:30pm

'Like or else...!' The pragmatics of Arabic religious posts on Facebook

For this week's Talk About Language session, we welcome former Middlesex University PhD studdent Mai Zaki - who is now at the American University of Sharjah.

How are Arabic religious posts formulated on Facebook? Why are they formulated in that way? And how are they relevant to the audience? 

In this talk Mai will discuss some of the features of Arabic religious posts on Facebook within the framework of pragmatics and Relevance Theory. Linguistic features, such as the use of conditionals, imperatives and negation, are all manipulated by the speaker to increase the "likeness" of such posts on Facebook. 

At the intersection between religion, language and cyber-media, Arabic religious posts on Facebook reflect an interesting way of communicating religious messages through pictures and text which seek to be relevant, and sometimes 'too relevant', to the audience.

All are welcome to this talk. For further information please contact Billy Clark.

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