The Deontic & the Epistemic in Egyptian & Jordanian Obituaries: A Comparative/Contrastive Study of Religious Minorities Linguistic Expression

  •  Ahmed Abdel Azim ElShiekh    


To start with, obituaries are not simply frozen registers that over the years have become conventionalized forms of language use by the press institution. The choice of the particular obituary to be published basically depends on the personal/individual choices of the individual advertiser. 
The present research studies the differences & similarities in obituaries made by Muslims and Christians in Egypt and Jordan. The Objective of the research is to explore the linguistic expression of religious minorities that would in turn reflect, whether intentionally or unintentionally, the cultural features marking such minorities as well as the relation between these minorities and the larger communities, basically of Muslims in both Egypt & Jordan.
The researcher aims at exploring not only the differences between Christian versus Muslim obituaries, but also the differences between the case with Egyptian Christians on the one hand and Jordanian ones on the other hand, taking into consideration the cultural, social and political associations in the two situations.

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