Arabic and English conjunctions in selected literary texts: A pragmatic contrastive analysis
Author(s): Kamal G Nasir
Abstract: The recent paper investigates the English and Arabic conjunctions from a pragmatic standpoint. In two selected books, notably Mahfouz’s ‘Palace of Desire’ and Steinbeck’s ‘East of Eden,’ the analysis reveals the pragmatic significance of these conjunctions. The paper’s data are analyzed as far as Dijk’s (1979) is concerned. The findings of the study are as follows: (1) Conjunctions in Arabic and English differ at every level. (2) Conjunctions in Arabic and English have pragmatic meanings. (3) Throughout both works, the word “and” is overused pragmatically in both Arabic and English languages. (4) Conjunctions are used in Arabic and English books in distinct ways.