Preserving the Linguistic Heritage of Qatar: Language Change and Documentation

This project aims to provide a comprehensive record and description of the Qatari Arabic language used by the elderly generation (born in 1930s-1940s) in comparison to the dialects and language used by the younger generations (born in 1990s-2000s). This comparative analysis will be based on personal interviews, television and available radio records. In addition to its aim to preserve the linguistic heritage of Qatar, the project will provide a linguistic analysis of the various changes undergone by the Qatari dialect over these distinct time periods.

UREP cycle: 21

Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Yehia Mohamed, Dr. Rogaia Abusharaf

Student(s): Fatima Al-Ansari, AlMaha AlMohannadi, Jassim Al-Thani, Maryam Al-Kuwari, Ameena Almeer


The team is working on submitting a book chapter in book entitled “Language and Identity in Qatar”. The edited book in progress.

Funding: $13,500

The Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP)