ABU DHABI, 27th September, 2022 (WAM) — The Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has announced the results of a study to assess perceptions of the Arabic language in the areas of knowledge, culture and creativity, and levels of language use in conventional and digital media for native and non-native speakers, in part of the Centre’s integrated research program to assess and monitor the state of the Arabic language across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The study findings are based on aggregate quarterly results of research conducted over the past 12 months, from mid-2021 to the end of June 2022, with 6,087 participants from the general population of Abu Dhabi aged 18 years and older. The initiative supports ALC’s vision of providing Arabic language leadership in knowledge, culture and creativity, as well as its mission to lead the development and modernization of the language and support authorship, translation and editing.
The results of the study were analyzed to arrive at a number of indicators, including the index of perception of the Arabic language as a language of knowledge, culture and creativity, where the pillar of knowledge includes attributes related to language learning and the extent of its use. in research and science; the creativity pillar describes the link between language and cultural heritage; and the creativity pillar relates to the aesthetic elements of language and the extent of its use in creative content. The index is calculated based on respondents rating their perception of the Arabic language based on attributes related to the pillars of knowledge, culture and creativity. The data collected was analyzed to identify the correlation of each attribute with its respective pillar; the scores were aggregated to arrive at the index value by pillar and at an overall level. As a result, the index results indicate that the Arabic language is advantageous over English in cultural and creative fields, while English is relatively ahead in terms of knowledge.
Commenting on the result, Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Chairman of the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi, said: “When comparing the perception of Arabic and English at an overall level among the population of ‘Abu Dhabi, it is evident that the two languages are almost on par, due to the inclusive demographic makeup of Abu Dhabi and the frequent use of both languages within the Emirati community.
Therefore, he noted that it is natural that the two languages have a similar general perception, adding that the differences lie in the composition of the index, however, and have a much deeper value when examined at levels individual culture, creativity, and knowledge. In this regard, Arabic came out on top in the culture and creativity indices, while English had a relative advantage in the knowledge index.
The Centre’s research also measured the understanding and use of plain Arabic by non-Arabic speakers in Abu Dhabi, which stood at 26.7% during the period under review.
In this regard, he commented: “These results represent an important basis that will allow us to launch our strategic programs for non-Arabic speakers, namely the “We Speak Arabic” program, which was launched at the beginning of this year in the aims to promote easy-to-learn Arabic vocabulary to non-Arabic speakers of all ages through digital content. Arabic speakers residing in Abu Dhabi express a desire to learn Arabic.”
Within this framework, the Arabic Language Center of Abu Dhabi pays particular attention to the promotion of the Arabic language and its local and international use as a language of science, culture and creativity, supporting the creating Arabic content, leading the adoption of digital technology and encouraging scientific studies on ways to further develop the language. To this end, the Center has launched a number of strategic programs, including the project> for translation, which aims to revitalize the translation movement, which offers Arab readers treasures of world literature and enriches Arab libraries in all areas of knowledge.
The Center also launched the first grant program for research in the field of Arabic language, with the aim of advancing scientific research efforts and supporting the study of Arabic heritage. In addition, the Center launched a peer-reviewed Arabic journal titled “Al Markaz: The Journal of Arab Studies”, in partnership with Brill Publishing House.