Arabic-English Mixing among English-Language Students at Al alBayt University: A Sociolinguistic Study


Code mixing is extensively investigated within bilingual and multilingual communities. Its actual use in various social contexts and factors influencing its frequency are examined in the current study. A sample of students majoring in English language and literature who were enrolled in one or more of the researcher’s courses during the Spring semester 2021/2022 were asked to voluntarily participate in a 34-item online questionnaire about their use of code mixing (N=200). A two gender (female, male) x five academic years (first, second, third, fourth, fifth and more) x seven cumulative grade average (Distinguished, Excellent, Very good, Good, Pass, deficient, Prefer not to answer), and 5 dwelling (AlMafraq, AlZarqa, Amman, Irbid, Other city) multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) found significant four motivating factors on the frequency of code mixing amongst the participants: academic, linguistic, social, and psychological.


Reema Salah


Al alBayt University, Arabic, codemixing, English, Jordanian context, students’ motivations


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